Resident Magazine May 2018 Issue - Stephanie Corneliussen

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hillary Latos ASSISTANT EDITOR Tash Bazika EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Manoosh Maesumi LIFESTYLE EDITOR Norah Bradford, Josh Estrin CULTURE EDITOR Joe Alexander SOCIAL COLUMNIST Clara Morgan FASHION STYLIST Tanya Tauthong-Kass SOCIETY PET EDITOR Jane Pontarelli FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Curtin, Elizabeth Darwen, Peter Elston, Jennifer Hedley, Ann Lawlor, Lisa Loverro, Bennett Marcus, Alicia Turgut, Jeanine Zelkas

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Hillary Latos with Armie Hammer

ay marks the unofficial beginning of summer which kicks off over Memorial Day. And last month the city came alive with a whirlwind of celeb studded galas around the city including the glittering Tribeca Film Festival and Time 100 gala which we have featured this month. Speaking of celebrities, we featured the beautiful rising star Stephanie Corneliussen. This Danish beauty has most recently starred in Mr. Robot and here she dishes on her favorite West Hollywood spots as well as all of her new projects. To celebrate our cover star’s Scandinavian heritage this month we chose to spotlight Scandinavia. This breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled region of the world will soon be celebrating days of eternal sunshine as we approach the summer solstice. We featured an insider’s guide to Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Iceland to give you the best highlights of these bucket list destinations. With warmer weather in store, we explored some of the best alfresco dining spots around NYC and South Florida and previewed the new spring menus that captured the fresh flavors of the season. May brings enchantment with its seasonal changes with an abundance of positive energy. Take that journey, and enjoy the longer sunny days, as summer is just around the corner.

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THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE The Race of a Lifetime By Tash Bazika


t is the highly anticipated event of the year, where teams are put to the ultimate test as they battle Mother Nature in a race against time. Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has pushed even the great sailors to their limits and the 20172018 edition is no different. Teams will endure a harrowing 45,000 nautical miles around the world, crossing four oceans, touching six continents and twelve landmark host cities.

Every day, for 24 hours a day, teams work immensely hard to pursue even the smallest advantages to make a difference and get ahead of all the other teams.

Often hailed as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, the race sets sail on 22 October 2017 in Alicante, Spain and halts at The Hague in Netherlands eight months later. The other cities that will be hosting the teams on their journey include Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Newport RI, Cardiff and Gothenburg.

Each team is a collection of men and women from all over the world who possess the strength and passion to endure such a marathon as this. Team AzkoNobel were the first to enter the 2017-2018 edition, keeping alive the Dutch tradition in this race. The Dongfeng race team returns for a consecutive year after claiming a podium finish and winning a historic homecoming leg into Sanya in the 2014-2015 edition. The Spanish team MAPFRE also returns for a second consecutive edition following a successful debut in 2014-15, in which they claimed podium finishes four times. American duo Charlie Enright and Mark Towill lead the Vestas 11th Hour racing team with a passionate sustainability message to make an impact on and off the water. Representing Hong Kong is the Sun Hung Kai/Scalliwag team skippered by experienced Aus-

The race sits, just as it always has, at the intersection of human adventure and world-class competition. Every team is equipped with onboard reporters who provide the fans back home with a unique insight into the relentless individuals who have spent their life, training and preparing for this vigorous race that takes place every 3 years. Spectators will see what it takes to win a race of this magnitude.

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The competition is fierce and with the current era of One Design racing, the only way to win is to sail harder and smarter than competitors, the race is won out on the water as opposed to by design.

tralian David Witt who competed in the 1977-98 edition. Team Brunel has competed in four Volvo Ocean races and returns for a second consecutive edition this year. A consortium of Dutch companies including Brunel, Abel, Royal Huisemen and EY will support an initiative known as ‘Engineering the future.’ Skipper Bouwe Bekking is back at the helm for his eighth attempt at the trophy. Even though there is no prize money for the winners, the satisfaction of seeing your name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race trophy is a prize beyond compare for sailors who dreamt of this exact moment. The winners will join legends and heroic figures such as Éric Tabarly, Conny Van Rietschoten, Grant Dalton and Ian Walker. In the last edition, a total of 2.4 million people visited the race villages to get a glimpse of the heroes and experience first-hand the adrenaline of the race. Millions more followed the race on digital platforms and this edition brings new technologies so fans can be closer to the action with more live updates from the boats as they race for a chance to be revered as legends.


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By Joe Alexander with Photographs by Patrick McMullan

Red Sparrow & Tomb Raider

Jennifer Lawrence gets naked and has a lot of sex in the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Lawrence said, “I always talk like I want d*ck, but the truth is, when I look back at my sexual past it was always with boyfriends. I talk like I like it, but I don’t really do it.”……Alicia Vikander takes over the Angelina Jolie role in Tomb Raider. She confessed: “ I push myself hard. I don’t like pain, exactly, but as a ballerina, I lived in constant pain. At ballet school if someone had painkillers, we divided them among us. We were all addicted.”

New York City International Film Festival

The Girl Who Invented Kissing stars Suki Waterhouse as a quirky addict opposite Dash Mihok of Ray Donovan fame. The film, directed by Tom Sierchio, opened the NYC International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Suki said, “I’m the laziest person. When I’m hanging around my house, I literally look like a tramp. I love being comfortable and having no make-up.” …...Closing the festival was former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and his wife, director, Keely Shaye Smith who presented their documentary, Poisoning Paradise. Pierce has said, “I will forever be a Bond. Someone said, more men have walked on the moon than have played James Bond.”

Jennifer Lawrence @ Red Sparrow

Alicia Vikander @ Tomb Raider

Suki Waterhouse @ Oscars

Natali Yura in N.Y.C.

Ryan Thomas Roth, Peter Thomas Roth and Jean Shafiroff @ Viennese Opera Ball

Meredith Schott & Eugenia Bullock @ Viennese Opera Ball

Rising Star Award

Dominating the red carpet was Natalie Yura who co-stars in the new Bruce Willis film Reprisal; she won the NYCIFF Rising Star Award. Other winners were Igor Vynesyski’s Pentimento and Steve Stanulis’s film Wasted Talent about A Bronx Tale actor Lillo Brancato which won Best Documentary.

Queen of Philanthropy

Hello¡ and Hola¡ magazine called Jean Shafiroff the Queen of Philanthropy in a 12 page feature. The animal advocate and tireless fundraiser accepted the Philanthropy Award from the NYCIFF for her support of the arts and film saying, “A life without giving is a lifetime wasted.”

Viennese Opera Ball

Eugenia Bullock, the daughter of developer Janna Bullock was the leading debutant from N.Y. at the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball in a dress by Nicole Miller. Also making their debut were Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg-Lothringen of Austria and from Palm Beach Christine Schott, Ledes and Steve Schott’s daughter, Meredith Baker Schott in a heavenly confection by Maggie Norris and a stunning diamond tiara and earrings by Jordan Fine. Escorts included William Ford and Ryan Thomas Roth, son of cosmetics mogul Peter Thomas Roth. Sipping champagne were Archduke Géza and Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg-Lothringen of Austria, Prince Dimtri of Yugoslavia, philanthropic advisor Laine Siklos, Executive Director Silvia Frieser and Artistic Director Daniel Serafin


Bill Murray and interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper are among the VIPs that have attended the cultural phenomenon known as ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina. This art competition and exhibition was founded by Darla Moore, the first woman to ever grace the cover of Fortune magazine. Four hundred finalists will com-


pete for over $120,000 in cash prizes at their sixth annual event this spring.

Guild Hall Pastel Awards

Alec Baldwin, who has just announced that he and his yoga instructor wife Hilaria will add a baby boy to their brood of three children this summer is the President of the Board of Trustess of Guild Hall in East Hampton. The arts organization, founded in 1931,is giving the first annual Dianne B. Bernhard Award for Excellence in Pastels at the opening of the 80th Artist Members Exhibition on April 14th. The show, which will feature the work of over 300 artists, runs through May 19th. Over the years, Richard Prince, Chuck Close, Larry Rivers and Richard Avedon have all had exhibitions here.

Elton John Aids Foundation Laine Siklos @ Viennese Opera Ball

Beth Stern & Alex Donner @ American Humane

Heidi Klum stole the show when striking a pose wrapped in Helen Yarmak’s Pink Marabou Feather Coat with Adriana Lima at the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Party which raised $5.9 million. Those who graced the white carpet that evening included Miley Cyrus, beauty expert Irene Michaels and Dr. Ehsan Ali.

“Queen Mary 2”

Guests on the “Queen Mary 2” world voyage from Sydney, Australia to New Zealand heard the secrets of 10 Downing Street from two Prime Minister’s Press Secretaries: Nick Pisani who worked for David Cameron and Jonathan Haslam who helped John Major. In New York “The Queen” hosted the premiere of The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Effron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

Joe Namath & Audrey Gruss

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath and Audrey Gruss, Founder of Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) will cohost a benefit for the football legends namesake foundation and HDRF at the opening of Nick Korniloff’s Art New York at Pier 94 on May 3rd. The football icon was the Key Note Speaker at Gruss’ Palm Beach dinner about mind brain health at Club Collette. ArtFields’ Darla Moore

Joe Namath & Audrey Gruss @ Hope for Depression Dinner

Sex, Saints & Sin

If Victoria and David Beckham are looking for the perfect wedding gift for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, M.S. Rau Antiques have a “sex chair” from the Prince’s family for $128,500. Harry’s and Prince William’s great, great grandfather King Edward VII, who was famous for his womanizing including an affair with Prince’s Charles wife’s Camilla Parker Bowles’ great grandmother Alice Edmonstone, had a made to measure, siège d’amour, or “seat of love” installed in his favorite bordello, Le Chabanais in 1890. The luxurious sex chair, which allowed the playboy Prince to amuse himself with two ladies at the same time, will be on exhibit at M.S. Rau’s store in New Orleans as part of their new show Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints & Sin, which opens in April.

Hero Dog Awards

Dianne Bernhard @ Pastel Society

Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron @ Queen Mary 2

Society band leader Alex Donner, who has performed for both President Bushs’, played a tribute to the singer Vic Damone at the Lighthouse Gala in Palm Beach. Donner also performed at the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards hosted by Beth Stern, Daisy Funentes and Lois Pope at The Breakers. He sang “Hound Dog” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.” Next up, Donner will perform at the NYC Mission Society’s Champion for Children gala on April 24th and the Anglosphere Society on May 16th where they will toast Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.


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IMANÍ SCOTT What You Need to Know about Pop/Funk Music’s New Rising Star By Elizabeth Darwen


rawing on musical influences from past and present legends such as Beyoncé, Etta James and Chaka Khan, Houston-born singer Imaní Scott brings a unique voice and presence to her music. Says Imaní, “When you think of a quality sound and a lasting legacy, these are among the names that come to mind.” Imaní aims to bring happiness back to music with her bold and soulful vocals that mesh a little bit of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop and Funk for a fresh take on multi-genre music. This talented singer-songwriter recently released her hot new single “Get Litty,” ahead of the highly anticipated release of her debut LP titled “The Introduction,” produced entirely by famous producer Isaac “Chill” Yowman, who produced Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé” album. Imaní’s funkadelic dialect, electrifying hairstyles, triumphant vocals and sensational stage presence is setting the stage to position her as the next emerging star.

The release of her second single “All Over Again” took the music industry by storm; an effortless sonic journey blending R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Funk, Reggaeton, and Country, that appeals to the masses, young and old, and will make you want to get up and dance. The pop funk singer is bringing back funk with a refreshing new sound that incites excitement and energy every time you listen, as evident in her most recent single “Throwing Glitter”, from her debut LP. The songstress is determined to create music that stirs up positive emotions; “These days we want to be so numb to everything, but I want to put that emotion back in the music, that Earth, Wind & Fire, so we can live in the moment.” Imaní continues, “I am determined to bring live instrumentation back to the music, to fulfill what we once had and get away from the artificial sound. I want to bring intelligence back to people listening and get us to level back up.”

Imaní recently kicked off her Diamond Rush tour, in which she performs with established acts such as Big Boi of the Dynaminc duo OutKast, the legendary heartthrobs Bel Biv Devoe (BBD), Wyclef Jean, Teedra Moses and Adrian Marcel, to name a few. The Diamond Rush tour is coming to San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; and to New York, NY in Spring 2018.

For more information about Imaní Scott and her Diamond Rush tour: Imaní Follow Imaní Scott on social media: @ImaníScott_ Imaní’s music is available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, SoundCloud and Amazon music.

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oug Menuez is the acclaimed photojournalist who-- as with any great witness to history- was in the right place at the right time with the right camera. His career began in 1981 as an intern to the Washington Post. It was only four years later in 1985 that he found himself in Silicon Valley exploring and struggling alongside the young, still unknown scions of the emerging tech industry. He befriended the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates etc. while wielding his camera and capturing some of the most profound and earliest images of the men who would become the pioneers and founding fathers of the 20th century tech industry. Many of these images found their way into his highly acclaimed book Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution 1985-2000 which is regarded as one of the most important visual documents to the early beginnings of the men and few women who, indeed, truly led a revolution. Many of these images, some still never before

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published, will now form a fine art photography exhibition for his first one man solo exhibition at the leading Chelsea High Line HG Contemporary Gallery where he is represented by Philippe HoerleGuggenheim. Here we have the most detailed and exclusive interview the photographer has ever granted recalling those early days in Silicon Valley capturing the magic, the triumphs and disasters while witnessing history. HG Contemporary is located at 527 West 23rd Street. Opening Hours Monday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm GEORGE WAYNE - Why do this fine art photography show and why now? These images are not new. They have been featured in your best-selling book. Why do you now feel this show will hold any particular resonance?

DOUG MENUEZ - A few weeks ago a young entrepreneur from India posted on Facebook that I saved him from severe depression related to the crash of his startup through the Fearless Genius book. He studied the photos and text and gained a new perspective on failure as he learned how differently failure is viewed in Silicon Valley. He said he used the book as a bible, reading it page by page, gaining inspiration. He went on to start a new company providing resources for founders of startups, including mental health in addition to funding and other stuff. So yeah images from history matter, not only to gain perspective, inspiration and see new opportunities for the future, but to avoid the mistakes of the past. Young entrepreneurs come to my talks and reach out to me all the time to tell me the book of photographs is helpful. Often they are very emotional as they are connecting with stories of sacrifice and creativity that led to change innovation they were not aware of - it was freaking hard what they accomplished back then.

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And that history is not taught much at all today. So I know this work resonates with audiences of all kinds as over 100 million people have now been exposed to it worldwide. This work has been touring continuously since the 2012 Moscow Photobiennale and keeps getting requested. But I think these images speak to people across a wide spectrum outside of tech. We are at a new inflection point in human history and technology development. You can see this with all the other nascent technology about to start scaling. It’s really important to pay attention to how technology is shaping our lives, will shape our lives in the near future, and where it all came from. My work asks who were the people who built our world and what were their motivations then? What motivates them today? That’s why we wanted to do this show now. Technology runs every aspect of our lives now. We can be sheep to slaughter or wake up and have a voice. Technologies are just tools for good. No, we didn’t get a vote on that atom bomb. We won’t be asked if we want to upload our brains into a hive mind and live forever in the coming singularity either. And Philippe and HG Contemporary have taken the work and put it in a new context as fine art. Which is how I saw it- a subjective interpretation of a hidden tribe that possessed immense power to change all our lives. In my work I’ve always been interested in the core human condition and culture of a people. I don’t care if I’m shooting AIDS orphans in Africa or tech geniuses in Palo Alto, all humans have universal truths, connections we all share, and finding those

connections visually is exciting to me. So this show is a new step for me that brought the project full circle from art school through my] career and back to art, for which I’m extremely grateful. GW – How did you start in those early days where you were part of the incubation and birth of Silicon Valley? DM- I returned from covering the famine and conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea for Newsweek overwhelmed by the immense scale of human suffering I witnessed. I decided I needed to find a positive story about tangible change for the better, for the human race and for my own life. That’s when Steve Jobs was forced out at Apple and announced he was building a super computer for education. I knew that was the root solution to most social issues. Through friends I reached out and asked him for complete access to document the creation of this computer from beginning to shipping, to capture his process of innovation for LIFE magazine. Shockingly he agreed! And he gave me total access 24/7. GW- You, and for that matter, neither anyone else not even Steve Jobs and Bill Gates could ever have managed the revolution they were creating! Do you ever stop to think back and look back and say to yourself -- ‘Wow! I was in the right place and the right moment at the right time. And I documented it all for posterity’! DM- Ha! Well, not really but when you put it like that, it feels like I got very lucky. I will say my colleagues thought I was nuts shooting in Silicon Valley with nerds and bad flourescent light. Most of the action was unphotographable. But actually we kind of did know something special

was happening- at least they did. But they could see what could happen if they succeeded and would tell me how they saw the future. They were talking about cell phones and basically everything we have now way back then. And I started to believe them once I got inside the PR bubble and learned what was really going on. But no, it was not top of mind. I just got deeper and deeper into it and became obsessed with these people and their creative power. I also had not changed the world yet with my photographs but there, right in front of me were the people who actually were changing the world. All I had to do was make a record of that and that became my purpose. And the last thing Steve said to me when I stopped documenting him was “Don’t worry Doug, you’ll have fun with these photographs someday, they’re amazing!” He definitely had a vision of the future and believed his work would have a huge impact. After all, he’d changed the world twice by 1985 so I had to give him the benefit of the doubt. GW- What was Steve Jobs like? You knew the real Steve Jobs. DM- Ahhhh, well, how much time do you have? It feels like we put now have this mythology about Steve, that he was either a genius or a jerk. But he was human, like all of us, with layers of complexity. Yes he could rude or even brutal, and we all have our scars, but he could also be an amazing teacher. He was also very sweet and kind. He would come bounding up the stairs into work every day on fire with energy and enthusiasm, just incredibly driven and... View the ful interview at: | 31



Time to boneup on the american painter By George Wayne


f-- and when Eric Clapton, that iconic music dude..... That Roll and Roll-Hall-of-Fame--thriceannointed-legend.

If Sir Eric...wait a minute...’’Geez Louise, did Queen Elizabeth ever grant him knighthood? Who knows. Ask ‘’Alexa’’ to tell you that fact. But if -- Eric Clapton -- ever decides to finesse, to develop, his own permanent home for his art collection somewhere chic such as the beautiful West Indian island of Antigua where he has already contributed in amazing ways. When Eric Clapton creates his personal art gallery, the artist Tom Lieber will command major presence. After all, after knowing what I know, we can

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all now surmise that Tom Lieber is Eric Clapton’s favorite artist. “Eric once told me that my paintings inspire his playing,’’ the artist has said. Not that he is one to brag and boast and hoist his own petard. But then again, Tom Lieber was born in 1949. This abstract art painter has never been on relevant and buzzed about. His career found very early patronage from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts in 1975. Within days the now Hawaii-based painter offer his next big reveal. Brand new work shipped all the way from Kauai to Soho. {Georges Berges

Gallery 462 West Broadway- May thru June 2018} ‘’It’s all about paint and energy,’’ the artist quipped recently. And, so, here is more of the TL rather salient answers to the questions from GW. GEORGE WAYNE - Tom Lieber your art has homes in the Solomon Guggenheim Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art- two of the worlds iconic museums! To also mention the San Francisco Museum of Art and MOCA {Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles}. And of course, the many homes of your friend Eric Clapton. Has it sunk in yet? You are more than ever-- a bona-fide modern day artist worth every collectors


investment. It sank in 30 years ago and continues to this day. My friendship and discussions with Diane Waldman, curator at the Guggenheim at the time, were of equal importance. Diane studied and knew Rothko, Joesph Cornell, de Kooning, Phillip Guston and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. Her stories and insights were inspiring. And when William Lieberman (no relation) purchased a Lieber for the Met, it was an honor and very exciting. John Berggruen even took me for lunch to tell me the news. I was young (34), it was a big deal to me and a statement of support and confidence for the work. What is a typical working day like in the life of Tom Lieber. Run your daily work ethic by GW. Is it first rolling some fine Hawaiian cannabis sativa after your lunch of quinoa and painting away by the surf and sand in Hawaii where you live? I usually wake up around 3am to paint after I throw all the bikini clad women out of the house. Then I make coffee, turn all the lights on to let the Hawaiian spirits know I’m up, and walk 15 feet to my studio and work until 8am. The most precise and focused painting events happen in that time. And then I do my Astanga Yoga at 8:30 and then work in my garden, on my house/studio and do art maintenance stuff..... supplies, phone calls, etc..... I love Hawaii and feel grateful to be able to work and live here. It’s endlessly beautiful here.

marriages, kids, death, divorce, through the ‘death of painting’, ‘bad painting’, isms of all sorts. I asked Phillip Guston in 1980, just before his death, “What do you think of the art world these days”? (kind of a dumb question) He answered, after a pregnant pause, “ I am the art world”......Don’t you love that! It was an awesome answer. My mentor and painter, Peter Bodnar, told me once, “Just keep painting; paint and you’ll win by default as the others die off”. He’s 89 and still working. Look him up, he is a master. And also, to keep me going, once drunk on red wine with the great painter John Walker....Blue lipped drunk, John grabs my hands and starts massaging them and says over and over again, “paint your fucking heart out, paint your ass off”......That kind of transmission doesn’t happen everyday. I am honored and blessed to have great mentors. And I listened to them. So, yeah, I paint everyday. Where were you born? What were you like on the edge of being seventeen years old? I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. At seventeen I was starting Jr College in Ferguson, Missouri, majoring naively in fine arts. And becoming a long haired hippie after flirting with being a frat man. It turned out to be the best choice.

Where in Hawaii do you live? And why there? I’ve visited Kauai every year since 1976. I live in an organic farming area called Moloaa on the north-side.. And moved here in 2000 to support my wife’s cancer situation. She lived here happily for 10 years doing alternative methods.....The best western medical doctors gave her three years to live. After her death, my son and I moved part time to Los Angeles. Love Los Angeles. Now my son, Leaf, is at NYU in film, and I decided to immerse myself back full time on Kauai. The land, the wind, the trees, the warm blue ocean all of it is hard to emulate anywhere else. I’m inspired here and see my paintings in the trees and vines. I love the Hawaiian people I know. It’s deep here.

GW - What do you consider that first seminal, most opportune and important moment of your early career? Having Diane Waldman find me and my work in 1982 while visiting in San Francisco. She was putting together the ‘Emerging American Artists’ bi-annual for the Guggenheim. And that same year, John Berggruen invited me into his prestigious gallery. At the time that was truly valid and solid support from two major people from the art world upper echelons. Do you roll your eyes when folk dismiss your work as frenetic Abstract Expressionism? - Or do you just say.. ‘just write me a check and I will concur with anything you say’. TL - The Abstract Expressionists didn’t even like that term. Do Jackson Pollack and deKooning really share a vision? I don’t think so. Painting is painting. It’s classic, like jazz. It’s my job and devotion to continue developing the tradition. Painting keeps going, like jazz didn’t stop..... Its all evolving.

You have claimed in the past, and I quote...’’I paint every day since 1974...’’ Is that fact? Yes. I’ve painted everyday, poor or not, through three

Loved the way you nuanced that response. Nothing GW appreciates more than a brilliant badinage with some very warm and

nonchalant with their intellectual heft. I am loving this conversation. So, anyway -- your latest work , your new one man New York City solo show at the buzzy Georges Berges Gallery is best defined as what? The paintings have evolved for forty years based on the human body, energy, environment along with awareness of what’s been done before. The new work has focused in on a V shape that has been occurring the whole time I’ve been painting. Getting more and more focused and ending up here with that. Every artist has to always relish growth and taking risks and stepping out of their comfort zone to truly evolve. How do you plan to do that circa 2020? I’ll follow the work. It always guides me. Trust. GW also read that you have oft been inspired by the work of that ancient master Giacometti If so - why? I’m engaged by artists like Giacometti, Morandi, Guston, that have reveal a unique mark or way , their way of making art. Theystand outside of trends and follow their way. What’s this Reichian Therapy hocus pocus you also love to wax on about? Sounds like some new Scientology. What is Reichian Therapy? And why do you rave about it so much? Wilhelm Reich was one of Sigman Freud’s students and developed body centered therapy. He’s possibly the first body therapist in the Western world. He saw that people could spend years in talk therapy. He worked with the breath and facilitated releasing blocks in the energetic body. Look him up..... It’s a long story.But it has nothing to do with Scientology. And Tom -- what is your favorite color? Turquoise Thanks for this bit of badinage Tom Lieber! Talk now about how you feel about this much anticipated solo show in Soho - New York City. I’m excited to have my work in New York, the critical capital of the world. I haven’t shown here in many years. My center is more West Coast, although I have many collectors in New York. George Berges is young and good and respectful. I like him. I like my work. It will be a good show! | 33

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la dolce vita’s continued influence on this iconic fashion designers style By Peter Elston


ackie Rogers holds the unique distinction of being possibly the only living fashion designer who personally learned from fashion icon Coco Chanel and remains actively engaged in the craft of designing and producing couture fashions. Jackie has for many seasons continued to inspire with her collections which feature bold designs and unexpected fabric selections. Many of Rogers’ collections are influenced by her friendships with some of the world’s most well-known people and her time spent in some of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rogers has lived a life full of inspiration – from big-band singer to Hollywood starlet, denizen of Rome’s la dolce vita in the company of princes and magnates, a muse for Federico Fellini, Coco Chanel’s favored mannequin, and a successful New York model. The makers of HBO’s recent 2017 documentary on the life of Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli turned to Jackie as one of the tastemakers from that period and for her insights into the lifestyle and the man. Jackie Rogers has dressed some of the most recognized women in entertainment, politics and finance, and her prestigious client list includes icons including Jackie Onassis. In terms of her design credo Jackie utilizes materials other designers steer away from to create unique, timeless fashions. From blouses to pants to beautiful gowns, each piece is handcrafted in the New York showroom to ensure the highest standard of quality. When you enter a room, the

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beauty and craftsmanship of a signature Jackie Rogers design is unmistakable as Jackie still uses sewing techniques she perfected while originally working with Coco Chanel at the latter’s Paris atelier. It is her zest for both life and the experiences it offers that gives Jackie Rogers her extraordinarily sophisticated point of view, which translates into designs that make a statement of sophistication and style with every piece being impeccably tailored. The signature Jackie Rogers garment is the burlap jacket, which Jackie tailors to the body, creating beautifully structured designs. These often feature a perfectly paired colorduo, imparting to the wearer a striking, bold and modern look. Some of the most extraordinary experiences on Roger’s personal resume which have informed her fasion designs includes her past as a runway

model for the most renowned couturiers of Rome, including Simonetta and Fabiani, and her role in Fellini’s cult classic film 8 ½ where she starred against Marcello Mastroianni. However most impressive of all is probably her time working at the House of Chanel, where she absorbed the immaculate style and techniques of her mentor. Said Rogers, “It was the greatest experience of my life. I never realized what an effect she [Coco Chanel] had on me.” The effect was to prove lasting, and Rogers devoted her life to being a fashion designer on her return to New York. Rogers is often referred to as “America’s Coco Chanel,” and she likes to point out that, “I do not believe in fashion, I believe in style,” and this motto is reflected throughout her collections, which are made with the timeless elegance that is the signature of the Jackie Rogers brand. | 35

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West Side Comedy Club Hires Real-Life “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” By Peter Elston


est Side Comedy Club, a vibrant, 100seat venue in the heart of Manhattan regularly showcasing some of today’s biggest names in comedy, is pleased to announce that it has recently named veteran funny lady Felicia Madison as its new director of talent. In this role, she will be responsible for scheduling nightly lineups and overseeing shows. A real-life embodiment of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—the fictional 1950s New York housewifeturned comedienne character on the smash Amazon TV period series—Felicia is no stranger to the NYC stand-up scene. In 2015, the happily married wife and mother of three first began honing her comedic chops at a time when most comedy careers are well underway. Her hilarious, self-deprecating schtick about topics ranging from sex, marriage and child rearing is no act either. Based on her own real-life as a stay-at-

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home mom in one of the most affluent parts of the world, Felicia’s humor resonates with audiences of all ages from across the globe. A pre-med graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who once harbored dreams of becoming a Broadway dancer, she is also the creator of the monthly luncheon series Laughing Affairs. One of Laughing Affairs’ highlights is its signature Laughtercise shows, which are billed “as having the same benefits as exercise, so skip the gym and come to the next Laughtercise lunch.” Currently held at West Side Comedy Club and featuring female comedians performing for an all-female audience, Madison eventually hopes to bring Laughing Affairs to other cities. In addition to Laughtercise, Laughing Affairs produces Comedy for a Cause, which raises funds for various social issues and people in need, and Funny Business, a panel discussion for female

comedians to learn the tricks of the trade from female executives. Her first two panels were hosted at the world-renowned New York Friars Club and she plans to produce four panels a year. She is also currently writing a sitcom about her life. “This is what happens when you don’t support your kids’ dreams,” Felicia quips. “They turn 50 and they become comedians.” Commenting on their decision to hire her, West Side Comedy club co-founder Eugene Ashe said, “We are delighted to have Felicia on board as our new director of talent. Not only will her seasoned experience as a comedian be an asset when it comes to selecting the acts that perform here, her success after becoming a comedian at such a relatively late age will serve as an inspiration to everyone who performs on our stage regardless of what stage they’re in in their career.”

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KLARA BEAUTY LAB By Melissa Kassis

What started you in the skincare world? ’ve always had an interest in the skincare and beauty industry. I actually owned a spa in Poland before moving to the states. I’ve worked in the best spa’s in New York to garner my craft and have never stopped expanding my knowledge with continuing education. My dream to open my own spa in New York was my constant driving force. And today I am living proof that dreams, mixed with hard work, determination and raccoon eyes from lack of sleep, really do come true.


You are extremely passionate about the skin. Is this what sets you apart from others? Of course my passion for skincare is at the forefront of what sets me apart from others but the bond I create with my clients is what keeps them coming back. I love my clients and my goal is always to create a sense of safety in the treatment room that allows them to open up. I am not only their skin expert, but their confidant. They get to unload their day to day trials and tribulations and leave with fabulous looking skin. Who doesn’t want that? I try to create the perfect scenario, so that means reading the client. I provide a shoulder when they need one or a place of tranquility when they just want peace and quiet. Either way, their skin always look great. What can your clients expect when visiting your spa? Nothing but the absolute best. From a welcoming glass of champagne to 5 star customer service,

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As an esthetician, there is nothing more exciting than seeing the revolutionary and innovative treatments that are being introduced to the market. Whether its new equipment or new ingredients, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilling it is to see the changes going on in the industry. Things that weren’t possible 15 years ago are a standard today. I cannot wait to see what we will have access to in the next 15 years. Maybe a magic wand, youth elixir? But, I must say that nothing can replace the human relationship. And so, I hope that in the future the industry continues to cater to a one on one connection that just cannot be substituted by a chamber or another kind of technology that would eliminate the attention and expertise one would receive from a skincare professional.

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Is it really possible to be proactive in preventing or slowing down the aging of skin? Absolutely. Having an anti-aging mindset sometimes has a negative connotation to it and is perceived as being vain. But it’s clearly in demand because of all the anti-aging products that are out there today. Some work and some don’t. Believe me, I’ve tried them all... When clients see me for a consultation, I help them decide what they can incorporate into their lives so they can be proactive or even erase some of those pesky signs of aging. | 41

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The Carillon Spa & Beach Club at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort By Hillary Latos


veryone needs a break from the hustle of daily life, and now the newly renovated Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is offering an annual membership program to experience “wellness your way.” Limited to only 200 members, this program includes access to their 70,000 square foot spa, integrative medical health center, pristine beach amenities, two-story state-ofthe-art gym, four pools, thermal experiences, spa treatments and personalized physician services. The spa and fitness center combined are 70,000 square feet. Can you please revise the copy so reader’s aren’t confused?

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tephanie Corneliussen is conspicuous in any crowd. Standing six feet tall with dark hair and ice-blue eyes, she so thoroughly embodies the stunningly fearless Joanna Wellick from USA’s hit series Mr. Robot that it’s almost difficult to discern one from the other. Yet they are nothing alike—except, maybe, for the fearlessness. Intense, engaging, and a touch irreverent, Corneliussen is as comfortable talking about animal rights as she is about Sega Genesis. She takes herself lightly, but her work seriously—a balance she attributes to her Danish upbringing. With Mr. Robot behind her, the actress is embarking on a slew of new projects (still under wraps, though not for long), and we anticipate that in the coming year, she’ll become impossible to ignore. We met up

with Corneliussen as she was celebrating her 31st birthday to talk about what it feels like to be a rising star, how she stays grounded in Hollywood, and what we can expect from her in the years ahead. What was it like moving from Copenhagen to Hollywood? I was modeling before I started acting so I had lived, traveled, and worked pretty much all over Europe. But when I came here, I came with nothing and knew no one. It was a bit overwhelming and a bit of a culture shock as well. I come from a very proactive, socialist country. There are many things I hadn’t experienced growing up in Europe that I all of a sudden have to have an opinion about here. Gender roles are very different, homophobia, racism—things that I never dealt with as a Dane. Has L.A. rubbed off on you? I never did yoga until I moved here— so that’s something. I’ve been vegan | 59

for a couple of years now, and I feel great. But otherwise I don’t think so. I hear a lot that there’s a certain superficial attitude about L.A., but I feel like it’s blown out of proportion. I was lucky to find a really good group of friends here right off the bat who were super grounded. Most Angelinos I meet are chill. I mean weed is legal here—how aggressive can they be? It’s also nice that they’re surrounded by famous people all the time, so they don’t care much about who you are. Where do you usually hang out? I’m pretty much always in West Hollywood. There are fantastic restaurants here; though L.A. isn’t known for it, it’s really a culinary city. I love Crossroads, which is a vegan fine dining restaurant. Their “oysters” made with artichoke and their “meatball” pizza are amazing. I just tried a new Peruvian place, Rosaline—they have this outstanding vegetarian paella (they can make it vegan); I’ve never had rice like that in my life. I’m actually going back tonight. I really like Alfred’s on Melrose for coffee. I don’t really go out to bars. My cousin told me that I’m the most anti-social social person that she’s ever met, [laughs] it’s true. I like engaging with people but at the same time I like

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spending time with myself. I feel most comfortable when I’m being creative—whether it is drawing, painting, acting, writing music—I try to do as much of it as I possibly can. That or play PlayStation—I love Assassin’s Creed. Video games are a great way to interact with yourself.

What do you like to paint? I do a shit-ton of portraits—self-

portraits and other people’s portraits. There are a lot of weird abstract paintings of my face in my apartment right now… [laughs] that sounds so egotistical. I think mostly I’m trying to capture myself in my mental state. Do you feel it helps you with acting? Absolutely. You are in a relationship with the characters you play, and—like any relationship with another person— | 61

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it helps to shake out the emotions artistically. I had such a creative block after Joanna. My dad paints as well, so when I went back to Copenhagen after she was killed off he was like—we are going to go get some canvases and work through this. We basically drank a bunch of wine and painted together. I love doing that. What was the first moment you thought: I’ve made it? See I wouldn’t even say that I’ve made it yet. I’ve got my foot in the door… but maybe that’s just me playing it down. I don’t think I can see it because I’m in it. I still wake up in the morning and make my coffee and change my cats’ litterbox. I still live in the same apartment. I recognize that some things are changing—people do stop me on the street, and all of a sudden people have an opinion about me. But I’m still just… me. I think it’s good to aim high and dream big but to keep your expectations low. The first time I ever booked an acting gig—I think it was Royal Pains—I was ecstatic. Just the fact that I had a small recurring guest role felt like a big win. Obviously, Mr. Robot was the big break. I loved the show from the second I read it and I loved the character [Joanna]. It was a privilege that I got the opportunity so early in my career to demonstrate that I am a good actor, not just a model who wanted to transition to acting. I tried with teeth and claws to not fall into that category. I wanted to prove myself. What has surprised you most about acting? There’s so much more to having an acting career than acting. There are so many people involved in making a single decision. You have a manager and an agent and another agent and a publicist— there’s a whole machine behind it that I guess I wasn’t aware of. And I like to stay very involved when it comes to the choices of my career. I was 22 years old when I got here—not a dime in my

pocket and banking it all on hope. It was a big risk and it was a big move. I don’t want it to be for naught. What did you bring to the role of Joanna in Mr. Robot that no one else could have? We have this thing in Denmark called the Law of Jante. It’s a sort of social contract you’re brought up with that says you are not to think that you are special, or that you are better or smarter than anyone else—basically don’t be a cocky smartass. I think that is rooted so deep within me, so when I’m in a position where I have to compliment myself or say something I exceled at—especially based on someone else’s creation—it’s very hard. I don’t want to take more credit than the credit that applies to me if that makes sense. I think that the Law of Jante would be FABULOUS for a good portion of the American white male population. I do think that I brought something to Joanna that I don’t think anyone else could have. I feel I embodied her and made her a real person. She’s become almost a cult figure. People are obsessed with her, and so was I. But it’s hard for me to compliment myself in that way without feeling that I’m arrogant. I just want to show up and do a good job. Joanna is a bit crazy though. That must have been difficult. She’s a full-blown sociopath! And I’d like to say that I am not. It was fascinating to get into that mentality. It took a lot of research. Method acting relies on finding some deeper, inner consciousness that you can play on—we all have an inner life and an external life, thoughts and dreams. When you have nothing in common with a character, you have to create all of that. It was a whole journey into a new person who was friggin’ nuts—it was fun. How did it feel to part with that role? I miss her so much. I’ve been respectful and accepting

of the choice that they made to discontinue her story. But honestly… I didn’t feel like her time was up. I’m going to quote all the Twitter fans when I say this, but I feel like she deserved better. But at the same time I have the utmost respect for Sam Esmail. I think what he created was brilliant, really. There’s no resentment, no hard feelings. But I was sad it had to end. I was worried that the fans would think that I wanted to leave the show, so I want to make it clear that I really wanted to stay. I loved being on the show, and I’d love to find a role like that again. Do you see yourself ever creating your own roles—maybe writing or directing? Yes—but I’m not sure that I can contractually talk about that yet. There is something in the works that I’m heavily involved with on my own accord. You will know about it very soon. If you could go back to any one place you lived while modeling which would it be, and what would you do there? Barcelona. I will 100 percent move back to Barcelona one day and die there. I was 16 years old when I got there, and at first I hated it— looking back, I have no idea why. But then I befriended this really sweet Swedish model, and she was like you’re crazy; you’re going to love it here. She called the agency and told them we were taking the day off, and she showed me around. I think it was the green line—I don’t know if it still is—we took to La Rambla, and as soon as we got out it felt like home. I’d never seen anything like it. If I could go back, [I’d go there], and then make my way through the big La Boqueria market to this amazing little gem of a restaurant called Ra. Then I’d walk all the way to La Barceloneta, have a drink at one of the beach-front lounges, and walk back through the Latin Quarter, ending in Plaça de Catalunya, where I’d challenge one of the locals to a game of backgammon… and probably loose. | 63


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Contemporary Art and Luxury Condo Living in the


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n impeccable luxury duplex situated within the SoHo Mews complex in the heart of Soho, Manhattan showcases a stunning exhibit of established and emerging contemporary artists curated by Anya Firestone, an art strategist, and critic. Art enthusiasts who attended the sophisticated opening event last month in February got a taste of what it would be like to live in this spacious 2, 877 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom luxury condo, as they walked through and enjoyed the various contemporary artwork that imaginatively and elegantly decorated every room on the property-----this gorgeous two-story townhouse is currently on sale by Darryl Sherman and Ryan Serhant of Nestseekers International. From the charming 280 sq. ft. private garden terrace, the home flows into an

expansive open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen, where it boasts several pieces of installations, large formatted paintings, and mixed media works, including colorful Bowie (Injection), an acrylic paint filled in bubble wrap painting by Bradley Hart. Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and some hors-d’oeuvres freshly prepared by talented chefs around the massive eat-in island in The Gwathmey Siegal designed kitchen featuring high-end stainless steel appliances from Dacor and Liehberr. From here, guests continued their tour on the upper level where several pieces of artwork adorned the walls throughout the office space and the two bedrooms that overlook the garden. Another acrylic paint in bubble wrap painting by Bradly Hart displaying an Impressionist-inspired image of Central Park, masterfully hung in the main bedroom, featuring a spa-like

bathroom with radiated heated floors, a walk-in shower, and a separate bathtub. Located on a secluded street, this fullservice luxury condo offering residents first-class amenities that includes a parking garage can be yours for $5,999,999. For inquiries about the property, please contact Darryl Sherman at 240.418.9710.

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By Manoosh Maesumi & Hillary Latos


Since 1988, Bistango has been serving Italian comfort fare with plenty of gluten free options from its original location at 29th Street and now it’s more recent outpost at the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Upon entry, you have a warm and inviting sense from the environment. This stylish, classic setting is perfect for family dinners or just a casual night out with friends. Bistango excels in all things Italian. Since 2003, their menu which includes pastas, pizzas, breads, entrees, beers, and even desserts can be made with gluten or gluten-free. Executive Chef Humberto Corona prepares each item, including his specialty Arancini rice balls, Rigatoni with short rib and delicious Saffron Pappardelle, to perfection and most guests are rarely aware that the restaurant caters to the gluten-free diner. Other customer favorites include the Lobster Fettuccini and their Rigatoni with Short Rib and Salsa Verde Rustico. Make a night of it and visit the stunning Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel for a nightcap under the stars. Perched on the penthouse level 30 floors above the Kimberly Hotel, this 3,000 square foot urban oasis has three different indoor and outdoor atmospheres with a striking décor and a retractable glass ceiling that offers unparalleled views of the Chrysler Building. Imbibe in one of their signature libations for a truly unforgettable evening. 145 East 50 St |


The already hot NoMad neighborhood just became hotter with LDV’s flagship concept restaurant Scarpetta, located in the new James Hotel NoMad. Named after the Italian expression, “fare la Scarpetta”, which translates to ‘savor a meal to the very last bite’ is exactly what patrons dining at Scarpetta will do. This new incarnation of Scarpetta is led by Executive Chef Jorge Espinoza who creates rich and bold flavors by amplifying the essence of seasonal ingredients. All of the signature classics that customers love including the notable Spaghetti Tomato & Basil, Yellowtail Crudo, Creamy Polenta, Short Rib Agnolotti and Roasted Branzino are served to perfection. Additionally, the crudi menu has special items such as Tuna “Susci” and Raw Yellowtail which are complemented by a special Crudo tasting. The Verdure section has a rotating mix of at least 6 different seasonal vegetable dishes, each with bold flavors, vibrant colors and a simplistic approach to preparation. The mastermind behind the interior design is Thomas Juul-Hansen. A mix of metal, exposed columns, rustic wood, leather and marble replicates the intimate feeling of a chic dining room. What makes it even better is their new cocktail lounge downstairs, The Seville, which personifies the neighborhood balance of high quality dining paired with decadent social indulges and has already captured the attention of bold faced A-listers and celebrities. 88 Madison Avenue

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n a city that never sleeps, our appetites also never end. Here are some of our favorite spots to satisfy those food cravings whether it’s a rose fueled brunch, authentic Japanese, old school Italian, or comfort fare NYC has everything at your doorstep.


If you are looking for an authentic Southern style wood pit barbecue experience without having to leave Manhattan, dine at JAX BBQ in Hell’s Kitchen. Pitmaster/owner Nick Accardi was known for his acclaimed Italian eatery in the neighborhood, Tavola, but wanted to bring back the flair of Americana to the area. The interior matches the menu with a rockabilly Americana diner theme featuring exposed brick walls, black leather banquettes with red piping, vintage 1930’s bar stools, and antique gas station signs. Literally taking ‘cues’ from his stint in Vegas under BBQ legend Mike Mills, Accardi applied his technique of “slow and low” smoking and created custom rubs to achieve BBQ perfection. The menu touches has Southern specialties such as alligator fritters, crawfish hush puppies, and a variety of expertly smoked meats. Other specialties of the house include the Memphis style ribs seasoned with an 18 ingredient spice mixture that’s cooked for 8 hours, the 12 hour smoked Carolina pulled pork, or the crispy buttermilk fried chicken that’s juicy on the inside. Other crowd pleasers include a variety of mouthwatering burger creations that are loaded with flavor. Try the Jax Classic Burger, topped a house-infused truffle ketchup and caramelized onion, and the B-B-Q slab bacon burger with hand-cut slab bacon, Vermont cheddar and house bbq sauce. Even vegetarians can partake with the delicious “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat” burger made with an Impossible Foods vegetarian patty topped with a savory custom sauce. Save room for a decadent Southern dessert such as a real key lime (made with actual key limes), Mississippi mud, and chocolate pecan pie selection, in addition to banana ‘Nilla pudding. 496 9th Ave. NYC | 212.273.1168 |

BORRACHITO (photo credit: FOH)

Taking the vibes of the 70s taco truck theme, Borrachito is a Mexican street food concept by Den Hospitality located in the back of the uber hip East Village lounge, The Garret East. Executive Chef Yuval Ochoa hails from Guadalajara, Mexico where he drew his inspiration from family recipes. The menu is simple with a variety of spicy and savory tacos along with a delicious chicken tortilla soup. The tacos are reasonably priced at $4.25 with handmade corn tortillas are made fresh to order and filled with delicious fillings. Try the signature tacos including PORK BOMB, carnitas, chicharron, and house pico de gallo (the pork is prepared 3 different ways: roasted pork belly, confit pork shoulder and deep fried pork skin); NY STEAK salsa borracha & grilled onions; BAJA FISH, fried seabass, grilled pineapple salsa; and the vegetarian option of BURRATA, tomatillo salsa, fresh corn. The tacos pair perfectly with The Garret’s killer cocktails including a spicy margarita or a mezcal libation. 206 Avenue A, NYC |

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In 1937, Denino’s Tavern was opened in Staten Island by Sicilian immigrants and has remained in the family ever since reaching legendary status. Keeping it in the family, Carlo Denino, introduced pizza to the tavern in 1951 with his crisp thin crust pizza topped with light sauce that came to define the Staten Island style of pizza. It became such a hit, attracting politicians, celebrities, and locals, that officials later named the corner the pizzeria was on- Carlo Denino’s Way. To expand the family’s legacy, Joseph Castellano, a former employee for 27 years at the original location has partnered with Denino’s stepson Michael Burke to open the first Manhattan location in the heart of Greenwich Village. The signature dishes are of course the pizzas that achieve the perfect balance of a thin crispy crust loaded with flavor that doesn’t sag. The other key is the order of ingredient application: cheese first, followed by toppings, and then sauce last. This unique style ensures that the flavor of the sauce is not lost. Musttry signature pies straight from the original location include the 1951 (tomato sauce, mozzarella), M.O.R (meatball, onions, ricotta), Garbage (sausage, meatball, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions), and Clam (fresh garlic, parsley, olive oil, grated cheese, no sauce), which is purportedly the best in the city. Classic Italian-American dishes are also served such as the meatballs - a secret family recipe with fresh tomato sauce and a dollop of ricotta, and crispy rice balls (crisp outside, gooey inside with rice, grated cheese, ricotta and mozzarella). Other delicious entrees include Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Shrimp Arrabbiata. Tuesdays are pasta nights with $10 pastas to get your carb craving on. Try the mouthwatering Cacio e Pepe (imported pecorino, butter, cracked pepper) or Farfalle Crema (mushroom, peas, pancetta, light cream). Now you can enjoy some of the best flavors of Staten Island without leaving Manhattan.

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93 Macdougal St. NYC | 646.838.6987 |


Located in the burgeoning area where the Lower East Side borders Chinatown, Brigitte embodies the warmth of Brazil mixed with Provencal chic and a downtown edge. Sitting on the corner of one of the last edgy neighborhoods in Manhattan, this Mediterranean hotspot exudes a lush interior with a light summery ambiance and a Brazilian inspired menu. A great spot for a rose fueled weekend brunch, start off with the fresh oysters topped with red wine vinegar and shallots or the shared charcuterie platter. For sweet options try the Instagram worthy healthy acai yogurt parfait or the pancakes with banana, spicy walnuts and maple syrup. Crowd pleasing favorties include Franco Brazilian inspired egg dishes such as La Cocotte with spinach and tomato confit, La Cassoulette with chorizo and yucca fries, or the grilled shrimp salad with mango and yucca chips drizzled with ginger dressing. For those with a hearty appetite opt for the generously sized cheeseburger or the elevated version of Chicken and waffles with a fried Butterfield Hen with chili maple syrup. Even though spring is just around the corner, you can still experience that carefree spirit of a Brazilian summer at Brigitte. 37 Canal St. NYC | 646.649.3378 |

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By Hillary Latos

ith a bounty of fresh ingredients from the sea and land and year round summer weather, Miami’s foodie scene is as hot as its nightlife and beach scene. Whether exploring the artistic enclave of Wynwood or the chic SoFi district in South Beach, here are some of our favorite new eateries in the ocean front city that never seems to sleep.

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As Wynwood has always been known for its artistic nod, new hotspot Beaker & Gray brings an artful approach to its globally inspired menu with Mediterranean and Latin influences. A perfect spot for brunch, dinner or late night bites, a mix of hipsters and other Wynwood cool kids come for the tasty and ambitious takes on global comfort food. Created by chef owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/ owner Ben Potts who retained the area’s warehouse aesthetic with the help of local design firm Saladino Design Studios to create an understated chic feel replete with industrial steel bar stools, exposed brick walls, and repurposed wood furnishings. Experience a mélange of flavors in their brunch menu with unique tapas and sharing dishes such as the heirloom tomato salad with cilantro coulis

and coconut sorbet or the chilaquiles with crispy yucca chips topped with pollo asada and a savory chipotle sauce. Other delectable crowd pleasers include the creamy shrimp and polenta with blue corn, bacon and pineapple, a waffle panini with pork rillette, gruyere and maple mustard, or an eggs benedict with wild mushrooms and queso fresco with a side of coffee glazed bacon. These brunch favorites pair perfectly with Potts’ reimagined bespoke libations such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle- a new take on the classic Bloody Mary made with a fresh green tomatillo ginger and house pepper blend. If you are feeling ambitious opt for the 2 hour bottomless mimosas for only $30 before exploring the vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. 2637 North Miami Avenue 305.699.2637

LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE Known for creating upscale VIP food experiences, the glittering Lobster Bar Sea Grille is Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s first foray into Miami South Beach. Paying homage to the nautical theme the posh dining room resembles a luxury yacht with plush warm wood, art deco lighting fixtures and curved tiled archways. Offering world class seafood, lobster, and steaks, diners can select your choice of prime seafood from their sprawling display. Other customer favorites include the Mediterranean octopus, lobster, and sea bass served with a sushi rice cake and tomato jam. The mastermind behind Lobster Sea Grille’s delectable cuisine is executive chef Arturo Paz who brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen. Born

and raised in Puerto Rico, his passion for cooking originated from his grandfather at an early age from learning everything there is to know about cooking and making recipes. For Paz, each dish is about creation and harmony, something he learned as an architect and sees cooking as the ultimate art form, “It’s the only form of art that you can taste, smell, see, and feel.” Open nightly for dinner or Sunday Brunch, Lobster Bar Sea Grille also offers a twilight happy hour menu and a 3 course celebration menu for $49 from 5:30-7 pm. 404 Washington Street, Miami Beach 305.377.2675 | 69

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THE BELVEDERE at The Peninsula Beverly Hills By Melissa Kassis


elvedere restaurant boasts striking interiors and a recently re-imagined menu. Building on a rich, 25-year history of exceptional cuisine, The Belvedere – under the direction of Executive Chef David Codney – features Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and wild-caught seafood. A defining feature of the space is The Terrace: a stunning al fresco dining destination in the heart of Beverly Hills. Richly landscaped treillage frame the expansive space to showcase verdant greenery, French limestone fountains and a flickering outdoor fireplace. As Executive Chef at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Chef Codney oversees all aspects of the hotel’s cuisine, including the contemporary Mediterranean-inspired fare at The Belvedere, the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Southern California every year since 1993, and the al fresco Roof Garden. Executive Chef Da-

vid Codney has developed a thoughtful menu that caters to the seasonality of regionally sourced ingredients. Working with responsible farmers and companies who raise animals and grow produce with respect to the environment and local economy, the menu focuses on unique, locally- and seasonally-sourced ingredients presented in a simplistic, approachable manner. Adjacent to The Living Room and The Belvedere restaurant, The Peninsula Beverly Hill’s Private Dining Room adds a luxurious and intimate dining experience for guests. Featuring pieces from The Belvedere’s breathtaking contemporary art collection, the space is the perfect setting for wedding and bridal showers, meetings and gourmet dinners. A private patio offers space for al fresco cocktails. Displayed along the perimeter of The Belvedere’s white linen walls, The Peninsula Beverly Hills recently debuted a collection of privately cu-

rated art within the newly remodeled restaurant. The restaurant’s bright and spacious interior now serves as the perfect backdrop for 11 breathtaking works by acclaimed international artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Sean Scully and

Robert Indiana, as well a striking Fabienne Verdier piece commissioned specifically for the restaurant. I had the pleasure of dining at the newly renovated Belvedere restaurant at the gorgeous Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where the Hollywood elite come to enjoy this all-day menu of Mediterranean dishes. From the moment, you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted with the warmest of welcomes and beautiful flower dÊcor and its true elegance without being stuffy. We were seated at a beautifully decorated round table that had a view looking out to a cozy patio with outdoor seating. The staff was amazingly attentive and especially our server James Hernandez, who made sure we were well taken care of and to ensure the most pleasurable experience possible. If you are not satisfied with something, they make sure to make it right. James was so knowledgeable about the menu and every detail mattered. We were then greeted by the Sous Chef Kelsi Armijo who was excited about the amazing menu that Chef David Codney had created with her and their team. We started with Sous Chefs Kelsi’s suggestions: Charred Caesar, Spanish Octopus, Grass-fed Lamb-Burger Meatballs and Salmon Flatbread. I ordered the Burrata and Beets, Beef Tartare, Hearth Pita with Hummus and Baba Ganoush. The flavors in the meatballs were aromatic with a hint of sweet from the raisins. The Charred Caesar had wonderful texture and by charring, truly opened up the flavors without being over powered by dressing. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was the highest quality with some citrus and beets which gave it a refreshingly flair. The Hearth Pita is homemade on premises with a hint of sourdough flavor served with the creamiest Hummus and Baba Ganoush which was extremely flavorful with the freshest herbs yet not overly seasoned. By the time dinner was served we could barely take another bite since we were surrounded by amazing appetizers. Sous Chef Kelsi recommended the Duck Confit Orecchiette which had tender pieces of duck with hints of escarole and sundried to-

mato. This was seasoned perfectly and the sundried tomato popped with flavor yet was not overpowering. The Seared Scallops dish was a table favorite! They melted in your mouth and a must try on the menu. The next dish was a winner and reminded me of a seafood paella- the Lobster Bouillabaisse served with ciabatta, Rouille, clams, mussels and shrimp. The flavors were in perfect harmony of each other. A hearty dish you cannot miss! I would have never guessed Ciabatta, but it worked. If you can leave room for dessert, and I suggest you do, a must have Sous Chef choice, the Faberge Egg. It is a must have just on presentation alone. It was so gorgeous we felt guilty cracking it open to taste. Once we did, it was a white and milk chocolate heaven. The next dessert was the Apple Strudel which looked

nothing like apple strudel. It was also a work of art and flavorful with a smooth textured of apple filling that looked like it was inside an eggroll shell. Flavors were subtle, yet the apple flavor stood out and the sour cream was a nice addition to the sweet. I have to say I have had the privilege of dining at many 5 star restaurants yet The Belvedere, by far, stands out. From the comfortable yet elegant dining area, to the top-notch team who made us feel as if we were royals, to the exceptional creativity and quality of the menu choices, it was an amazing dining experience. A MUST visit in Beverly Hills.

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Iconic Jewish-style Deli Celebrates 53 Years in Business By Luis Andres Droz


J Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 53 years! From piping hot bowls of soup filled with matzah balls, to home-cooked pastrami sandwiches on rye bread, you are sure to experience a delicious trip back in time to old New York in every bite. The restaurant was established in 1965 by PJ Bernstein, who wanted to offer true home- cooked meals to his guests. In 1986, one of his most loyal customers, Alex Slobodski, bought the restaurant and has been serving up delicious and wholesome meals for over 30 years! You’ll find traditional Jewish eats like chicken soup, challah french toast and borscht along with classic diner favorites. Original highlights include our famous Triple Delight Soup featuring homemade kreplach, matzoh balls and noodles all in one big bowl of chicken soup. At this classic New York City deli, you never know who’ll see. Celebrities such as, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, Simon

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Cowell and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have dined at PJ Bernstein. Notable New York politicians Mayor Koch and Chuck Schumer have also visited! About Us PJ Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 53 years. The restaurant was established in 1965 by PJ Bernstein, who wanted to offer true home- cooked meals to his guests. In 1986, one of his most loyal customers, Alex Slobodski, bought the restaurant. Slobodski had come to America with his family from Russia via Israel and Paris. He drove a cab while learning English and had frequently enjoyed lunch at PJ Bernstein and brought his family in for dinner. He has owned PJ Bernstein for over 30 years! Slobodski has continued the tradition of using only wholesome ingredients at PJ Bernstein to create delicious dishes for his both old and new customers. From piping hot bowls of soup filled with matzah balls, to homemade pastrami sandwiches on rye bread, you are sure to experience

a delicious trip back in time to old New York in every bite. At this classic New York City deli, you never know who’ll see. Celebrities such as, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, Simon Cowell and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have dined at PJ Bernstein. Notable New York politicians Mayor Koch and Chuck Schumer have also visited! PJ Bernstein has deep roots in the community. From hosting Club 100 complimentary dinner parties to celebrate customers turning 100 years old, to delivering soup to fire departments on 9/11, PJ Bernstein has deep roots on the Upper East Side. Some of our staff members have even been with us for 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years! You’ll find traditional Jewish eats like chicken soup, challah french toast and borscht along with classic diner favorites. Food to warm your belly and soul!

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW Upper Story By Charlie Palmer By Elizabeth Darwen


he best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building (DDB), a Cohen Design Centers property, owned by Charles S. Cohen. Upper Story, with cuisine by world renowned chef Charlie Palmer, features an American café menu by day and progressive American, seasonally-driven special events menus by night, featuring local ingredients expertly crafted into delectable dishes by Executive Chef Jennifer Day. With over 15 years’ experience in upscale events, Chef Day combines her life-long passion for food with her incredible attention to detail at Upper Story’s large-scale events. Café menu favorites include Pesto Zucchini

Noodles with Arugula and Oven Dried Tomatoes and Scottish Salmon with Wheat Berries and Roasted Artichokes. Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM or for social or corporate functions in the 300 person event space (180 seated) and 1000 sq. ft. terrace. With a modern yet classic design approach, Upper Story offsets a soft color palette with dark nuances that complement both the daytime and nighttime views from the restaurant’s oversized windows, creating an elegant backdrop for uniquely themed private events, fundraisers, weddings, and more. The easily accessible midtown location is ideal for customized events. The restaurant is located in midtown Manhattan’s Design District, home to the DDB,

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which is an invaluable resource to industry professionals who seek to design and decorate luxurious residential and commercial installations. Owner Charles S. Cohen’s umbrella company, Cohen Design Centers owns and manages the DDB; the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California; Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida; and the Decorative Center Houston in Texas. The DDB is open exclusively to the trade and welcomes design industry professionals from all over the world, who can find inspiration in anything from the bespoke furnishings, ornamental wallcoverings and luxurious fabrics to unique decorative accessories and dramatic lighting, featuring styles ranging from the richly ornate to the sleek and modern. Celebrating 50+ years, the DDB is known nationally and internationally as the world’s most prestigious home to over 130 showrooms, and represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, and resource information. 979 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY 10022 Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM Available for private events every day. |

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LA PULPERIA MIDTOWN Where Contemporary Meets Rustic


he perfect spot for a business lunch, drinks after work, or a weekend brunch with friends, La Pulperia Midtown serves rustic Latin cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant, which only opened last year, is located between Lexington and 3rd Ave on 57th Street, and serves dinner all week, as well as lunch Monday-Friday and weekend brunch. Co-owned by Victor Medina and Head Chef Carlos Barroz, La Pulperia Midtown has two sister restaurants located in Hell’s Kitchen and on the Upper East Side. The menu comprises of several fresh seafood dishes, accentuated by select meat and vegetarian options. Inviting as well as adventurous, Chef Barroz brings simple yet refined cuisine with traditional culinary influences from places like Italy and Spain and has received an Open Table Diner’s Choice Award. Guests are also welcome to Happy Hour all day Monday, and Tuesday-Friday & Sunday, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. During weekends, diners can enjoy a Latin twist to a classic brunch including unlimited brunch cocktails between 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Signature menu items include Las Tablas, which allow patrons to choose from a variety of grilled proteins such as their famous Pulpo (grilled octopus), and are accompanied by five seasonal “cazuelitas”, a tasting of traditional side dishes such as Eggplant Chambota, Russian Potato Salad and Celery Root Gratin; Pacu Fish Ribs, a rarity in New York, are made with a grilled Brazilian Pacu – a wild and sustainable fresh water fish - and served with an orange chipotle BBQ sauce and coconut rice; and Moqueca Mixta which includes a mix of fresh squid, shrimp, mussels, white fish, scallops, soy beans, Spanish chorizo, bacalao and green coconut rice in dende oil. The Warm Farro Salad with parsnips, beets, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and butternut squash, tossed in orange maple vinaigrette, is an excellent lunchtime choice. La Pulperia Midtown’s interiors were designed by Andres Gomez (Red Rooster, Whitehall, SoCo) and mirror the authentic pulperias of South America, with handcrafted floor tiles from Mexico, reclaimed wood from Brazil on

the ceiling and walls, and abundant shelving displaying top shelf liquor, fresh produce, and wine. The modern yet classic feel makes this popular eatery a perfect location for private events and celebrations. The restaurant comfortably seats 75 diners on the first floor and 30 on the private mezzanine.

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TREADWELL PARK Hang out and Meet the Beer Cicerone By Peter Elston


readwell Park is the dynamic craft beer hall with locations on the Upper East Side and Battery Park. Led by Beverage Curator and Certified Cicerone® Anne Becerra, Treadwell Park offers 20 continually rotating draught beers and ciders, cask beer and hand-crafted artisanal cocktails made from independent spirits. These brews and cocktails are complemented by a curated menu including in-house smoked beef brisket sandwiches, smoked crispy wings, and wagyu kobe style burgers. Complimentary ping pong,

foosball and popcorn enhance the Treadwell Park experience. Guests can also enjoy a selection of seasonal “Beer Floats” featuring unique beer and ice cream flavor combinations. To elevate the beer-drinking experience, Treadwell Park features an ultra-exclusive on-site flux capacitor, which controls the exact blend of nitrogen and carbon dioxide for each individual beer recipe, ensuring perfect beer with every pour.

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As a country of sharp contrasts where fire and ice coexist, dark winters are offset by eternal sunshine, and luminescent light shows- Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries on the planet. With a burgeoning and vibrant cultural scene beset against an otherworldly landscape Iceland offers a unique adventure and experience that’s only 5 hours away from the Northeast.



s the Empire State is to New York, the Blue Lagoon has become Iceland’s must visit attraction. Surrounded by a panoramic view of lava fields, the man-made lagoon’s water is fed from the Svartsengi geothermal plant. While the water is actually milky white, the blue comes from the silica and the way it reflects sunlight. During warmer days, algae starts to grow, providing the wa-ter with a hint of green. While an otherworldly view sufficient in attracting millions of visitors from across the world, the Blue Lagoon has a bonus factor. Water from the lagoon has long been known to have the ability to cure skin diseases and to condition and exfoliate the skin. After taking a dip in the warm waters, guests can check out the spa amenities. If it has been a lifelong dream of yours to try out a silica mud mask, the silica bar is the place for you. Leave the mask on for at least five minutes, and you’re guaranteed to leave the spa with skin as soft as a baby. Carved into the lava rock, guests can let off some steam in the sauna rooms while reflecting on the one of a kind landscape around the lagoon. The man-made waterfall can soothe sore shoulders and stiff muscles but guests are warned of the waiting times on busier days. But if you’re looking for a softer touch, guests can try out the in-water massage where you will be floating on the relaxing warm water while enjoying a

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rejuvenat-ing massage. If you’re simply taking a break from the water, the spa has a relaxation area where guests can enjoy calming music while admiring the view of the lagoon. Calling in a day, guests can shower at the lagoon’s private shower cubicles. Complimentary Blue Lagoon shower gel and hair conditioner are offered in the shower area. It is advisable to use hair conditioner because the geothermal water can make the hair dry. For guests of the exclusive lounge, the shower and changing rooms can accommodate up to two people. The lounge has to be booked prior to your stay at Blue Lagoon as it can only accommodate up to 12 guests. Prices range from €195 to €395 depending on the number of your party. A general admission includes a three hour stay and a complimentary skin care package. Guests are encouraged to step out to the deck for another take on the beautiful landscape. For geology geeks, the Blue Lagoon is your ideal destination as it provides 40-minute-long tours of the lagoon with tie bits and fun facts about the volcanic eruption and the formation of the la-goon. Priced at €15 per person, the tour includes a snack from the Lava Restaurant, a cocktail from the bar and a science lesson in the lagoon’s very own lab. Led by head chef Ingi Þórarinn Friðriksson, the Lava Restaurant is built into a stunning lava cliff

that overlooks the lagoon. Prices start at ISK 6200 for its two course dinners and go up to ISK 9900 if patrons are hoping to feast their palette on dishes from the four course tasting menu. If you can’t get enough of the lagoon, Silica Hotel is minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers it own private bathing lagoon in the heart of the stunning lava landscape. But Blue Lagoon is in the midst of building their own luxury hotel which is set to complete in 2017. The spa area will connect the lagoon to the hotel. Cooperating with Blue Lagoon for almost two decades, the 60-room accommodation is designed by Sigridur Sigthorsdottir of Basalt Architects. The lagoon offers hourly bus transfers to and from Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, and Keflavík Inter-national Airport and free parking for those who are driving so there’s no need to panic over transportation. The lagoon has the words relaxing, calming, unique written all over it. So if you’re looking for an adventure without the hiking boots and perspirations, Blue Lagoon is calling your name.


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HOTEL HUSAFELL By Michael Travin


he appeal of Iceland is undeniable. From its unique rugged terrain, majestic glaciers and beautiful volcanoes to the legendary Blue Lagoon, it’s no wonder this destination has become one of the most popular “bucket list” spots for many Americans. The Hotel Husafell, an eco-luxury hotel opened in July of 2015 located in west Iceland just 90 minutes from the capital city of Reykjavik, sits adjacent to a glacier and serves as the perfect base camp for those looking to experience glaciers, lava caves, hiking trails, horse riding, and much more. Owned and operated by the same local family for seven generations that also runs many other attractions in the area such as the thermal pools and campgrounds, this hotel is modern, sustainable, and family friendly. The area of Husafell itself has attracted Icelandic families for years, many keeping summer homes in this region. It’s also a popular stopover for travelers heading between north and south Iceland, and has been so for many centuries. The four-star Hotel Husafell defines sustainable

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design, contemporary style, and local artistry at its finest and the hotels is not only built in harmony with nature but is totally self-sustainable using 100% renewable energy produced from a small hydro-power plant and geothermal heated water from the nearby mountains. Only environmentally friendly materials are used including larch wood and gray slate along the building’s façade.

The interior design embraces rich textures and neutral tones and incorporates local culture with artistic elements throughout the property. Accommodations are located directly on the edge of wilderness with trails just outside the hotel, allowing easy access for their guests. The hotel’s 36 guestrooms have floor to ceiling windows and heated floors along with paintings by local


(Husafell is one of the best places in the world to see them). The Nordic inspired menu owes its flavor and richness to the mouth-wateringly fresh ingredients of locally caught seafood, game and high quality produce grown in nearby geothermal greenhouses. For dinner, the menu is extensive with starters offering fresh ceviche, fish soup, and smoked goose breast among others. For main dishes there are a variety of options from which to choose including lamb, salmon and beef tenderloin. There is a children’s menu available as well. And for dessert, be sure to try the cheese platter with fresh Icelandic cheese served with biscuits and caramelized onion. The Hotel Husafell allows guests to experience all the beauty of Iceland while also offering a taste of the local culture, tradition and hospitality. Northern Lights across Hraunfoss Waterfalls

Langjokull Ice Cave

artist, Pall Gudmundsson. Guests can also enjoy outdoor thermal pools and hot tubs. If you’re a golfer, you’re in luck as the hotel has a nine-hole course with special hours allowing guests to play under the magnificent midnight sun. A typical day during your stay at the hotel will begin with a complimentary Icelandic breakfast followed by a hike through the many miles of trails that will take you through dense woods, lava formations, and glaciers. The hotel also offers a variety of day tours such as riding a super jeep through the rough Iceland terrain and up to the top of Iceland’s second largest glacier. Guests can also hike to the Hraunfossar waterfalls, cascading from under the lava fields into a river below.

There are also numerous lava fields around the hotel that are close to lava caves including the caves of Surtshellir and Víðgelmir, some of the largest lava caves in the world. Guests can also take a tour to the ice cave of Langjokull, Europe’s second largest glacier sitting at about 1200 meters above sea level. If hiking does not catch your interest then take to the sky. You can book an airplane tour through the hotel on a “flightseeing” expedition for a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Hasafell landscape. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant features floor-toceiling windows where diners gaze upon Eiriksjokull Glacier glistening under the midnight sun of summer, or the magical Northern Lights of winter | 97



Sculpture by Adalheidur S. Eysteinsdottir


ramatic landscapes dotted with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, the Nordic island of Iceland exemplifies the power of nature with its extraordinary vastness, its healing geothermal lagoons, and its supercharged splendour. From the spectacular aurora borealis’ or the soft pinkish hue of the midnight sun, to its cultural life, which celebrates a literary legacy and remarkable art

and music, Iceland is truly a magical land. The glittering glaciers in winter and lush verdant hills and long fun-filled days in the summer make it a perfect destination to visit year round which is not only filled with possibilities for adventure and spectacular vistas but can also have a transformative effect when you become one with all the local natural wonders.

With so much to discover and experience, exploring the vast country can be a challenge. Icelandair Hotels Group provides a wide range of hotels at key locations on the ring road around Iceland, making your selections for hotels a logical and convenient one. A chain of eight Icelandair Hotels cater to a range of different budgets, from Hotel Edda, a chain of conveniently located economical summer hotels throughout the countryside, to the Hilton Nordica and the newly opened Canopy Reykjavík City Centre in Reykjavik which cater to premium travellers. Reykjavík, the capital city, is a recommended starting point for any visit to Iceland, renowned for its culture, history, and natural beauty. Downtown is filled with fabulous restaurants, a charming marina and an impressive array of shops and cultural attractions. Here, the Icelandair Hotels Group offers a few properties with distinct perspectives on this booming small town:


Spacious and a classic, this hotel is situated in the financial district and a short five minute walk from the outdoor park Laugardalur which is home to the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, Zoo, the big-

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historical city center which is within walking distance. After a refreshing morning walk or a full day on the town, be sure to stop by for a day of pampering in the hotel spa, The Soley Natura Spa, or dine at Satt, the in-house restaurant serving up authentic dishes utilizing fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The 220 rooms, many which are themed, allow you to experience one of the many natural elements of Iceland, from moss, glacier, northern lights, volcano, geothermal or natural water rooms. Immerse yourself in nature while you sleep as well as while exploring the great outdoors.

Hotel Reykjavik Marina & Marina Residence

gest geothermal swimming pool in Iceland, and many other attractions. The Nordica is elegantly designed in sleek Scandinavian style and features a cozy fireplace and cocktail lounge in its modern lobby. Easy-going and timeless, the Nordica is a safe bet that accommodates all travelers looking for an enjoyable and comfortable stay.


The up and coming harbor district, just several minutes from fabulous shops, hotels, and museums, offers phenomenal views of the water and fishing boats, an excellent location from which to experience all the city has to offer. Hotel Reykjavik Marina is stylish and vibrant, offering an original, fun and modern ambiance fused with old relics from the harbor and shipyard that make for an interesting contrast. The rooms are uniquely decorated and brighten the darkest of days. Some new additions have further enhanced the hotel’s lively atmosphere including delightful common areas on the ground floor, a new vibrant cafe called Kaffislippur, as well as the exclusive Reykjavik Marina Residence. Reykjavik Marina Residence, opened in December 2015, feature stunning luxury suites located in a beautifully restored historical building. Cozy yet luxurious, these suites decorated in an Icelandic traditional style with modern amenities, feel like an upscale home away from home. With panoramic ocean views and popular bars and restaurants nearby, you have the best of both worlds - tranquility and entertainment. And if you need assistance making any reservations or plans, your personal concierge can cater to your every desire.


Other excellent properties are scattered around Iceland including Icelandair Hotel Fludir, located in the south of Iceland in the charming village of Fludir, as well as the Hotel Vik, even further south in the scenic Myrdalur Valley.

The first Canopy hotel in the world, Canopy Reykjavik City Center is a new brand by Hilton, ideally located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. Their “Just-Right Room” concept boasts accommodations that are thoughtfully designed in Icelandic themes of ocean, ice and volcanic rock, and include everything you would want for a perfect stay. That also includes high-tech amenities and even a Break Fast Bag delivered each morning to prepare you for all the adventure awaiting right outside your doorstep.

Regardless of your hotel choice, Icelandair Hotels ensures that all its properties are pristinely kept and offer all the amenities and service you would expect at top-notch hotels. They strive to embody the spirit of Iceland through their simple yet elegant design aesthetic while also honoring the natural beauty and unspoiled nature around it. Icelandair Hotels also recognize their environmental responsibility and remain dedicated to improve their environmental performance by maintaining Green Hotels countrywide.


Located in the beautiful surroundings of Öskjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach, The Natura is a perfect option for those seeking serenity while also being able to enjoy the excitement of Reykjavik’s

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The Thief

By Chelsey Travin

DISCOVER OSLO the nordic gem By Melissa Curtin


slo, Norway’s southern coast capital at the head of the Oslofjord is a city so clean, streamlined and safe that while there I dreamt about the possibilities of a city like this in America. Everywhere in Oslo, Norwegians seemed happy with their way of life. They drink fresh water right from the tap, health care is not a worry, and the whole country appears very well off. Oslo is like a best kept secret, one you don’t want to share with anyone for fear of the word

getting out and mobs of annoying tourists showing up.


The Thief Oslo’s new cultural center was once a haven for smugglers, thieves, scoundrels, and prostitutes in the 18th century. Now Tjuvholmen (Thief Islet) is a modern hideaway where Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Lena Dunham, and other famous Americans have stayed. The hip, luxurious setting on the water is filled with carefully selected designer furniture, The Thief Master Suite global Nordic cuisine, a lavish spa (that you can enter privately from your room through an underground tunnel), and ultra-chic rooftop and library bars. Grand, bold, expensive art greets you at every turn - like a piece in the elevator with moving eyes. What sets this hotel apart is not only the location on the edge of the fjord (in walking distance to all of the trendy eateries and shopping) but the hotel’s atten-

tion to detail, service, room comfort, food, and cosmopolitan design. The staff takes great pride in your personal care, and they make you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive. Room features that made our stay that much better included heated bathroom floors, luxurious down duvet bedding, verbena tea and cookies at night with turndown service, private balcony waterfront views, décor in soft lush rich tones, and rainfall showers. Interactive TVs in each room offer ‘Art-on-Demand,’ themed maps such as Oslo Escape Routes take you on a curated tour of art, design and architecture, and the hotel’s Riva boat is ready to take you around the fjords all summer long. “Escapees” can be brave like a Norwegian and take a dip in the clean Oslo Fjord, or venture next door to the Museum of Modern Art to view Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Barney and many more pieces with your free hotel access ticket. Find tranquility at the spa’s glowing pool, sauna, steam room and hammam/massage treatment area.

EAT AND DRINK THIEF FOODBAR At The Thief hotel, we enjoyed one of our favorite wine-paired dinners off a global menu with


a Nordic twist in a warm elegant chic setting. The melt in your mouth fish was a standout of the menu. The Thief features an endless variety of healthy breakfast options, where loose leaf tea and fresh brewed coffee in a personal pot are brought to your table, while healthy juice shots and blended concoctions served in little glass jars were too satisfying. The organic, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients were the best way to start each day, with options such as bacon, eggs, croissants, beans, cheeses, or fresh yogurt with a myriad of seed, nut, and dried fruit toppings. Hanami This chic waterside Japanese restaurant specializes in the best sushi and robata grilled dishes. Upon entering, we gazed at the King’s boat while devouring endless plates of sushi – like uni, salmon with mango and honey dressing, tuna in truffle soy sauce, and smoked halibut with soy onion sauce and goji. We learned that we were sitting in Jay Z’s seat on his last visit and he had ordered a large sushi take-out for his jet ride out of Norway. Ett Bord This is Oslo’s first true social dining experience – with a long communal eating table that seats 24 people. The lovely owners set out to change the way people eat. Expect a clean sleek setting with farm to table, organic, seasonal, Nordic cuisine. Kolonihagen Frogner Enter through this beautiful white-themed courtyard filled with boho rustic furniture and pass the tiny indoor bar. Dine on nouveau Nordic cuisine “showcasing the full potential of the seasons” like grilled cabbage, potato churros with sour cream and fish roe, deep fried shallots (like an onion ring), and cured duck with a crispy waffle.

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Himkok This underground speakeasy in the city centre serves seasonal spirits (aquavit, gin, vodka) which are made in-house. Drinks come with names like Cloudberry, Sage, or the Beta Cocktail (a favorite) – a mix of Himkok vodka, carrot juice, ginseng, grapefruit and a dash of horseradish.

Thief Breakfast. Photo by Melissa Curtin

Fuglen Known as one of the best coffee bars by day, this coffee roaster focuses on sourcing directly from the best coffee farmers around the world in a relaxed atmosphere with midcentury modern design. By 9 pm, this roaster turns into one of the best craft cocktail bars with homemade syrups and a lively atmosphere.

EXPLORE National Opera House Book an evening at this modern venue with its slanted sloping roof angles – an architectural gem built in 2008 by the same company that designed the 9/11 Memorial. The opera house is said to be built like an enormous glacier sliding or perhaps rising in the fjord. White granite and Italian marble create the illusion of glistening ice. Visitors are encouraged to scale the building’s exterior stairs for unique perspectives of the city as well as head to the roof for panoramic views. The National Gallery View close up, without crowds, the famous works by Edvard Munch like The Scream and Madonna. Browse the exceptional collection of Impressionist and French owned paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, and more. Other iconic Norwegian paintings are on display, like Tidemand and Gude’s Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfford and Harald Sohlberg’s Winter Night in the Mountains. Astrup Fearnley Museum For the modern art lover who likes to think outside the box and find some shock and awe with artistic ideas, the ever-changing collection boasts work from young artists from around the world and is considered one of the best in

Northern Europe. The building itself is a piece of art. Designed by Renzo Piano, three pavilions are connected by one roof and is a quick walk from The Thief. Nobel Peace Centre Open every day but Monday, don’t miss their room of laureates, with interactive tablets telling the stories of each person or organization to win the Peace Prize. An eye opening and timely interactive exhibit on the atomic bomb, its history, and effects was on view, leaving us with a scary sense of the death and disease caused by this horrific act of war. Viking Shi p Museum Learn about the history of preserved 9th century Viking ships that were used as burial coffins, many filled with animals and other offerings. These ancient ships were found buried, with their masts sticking up out of the ground. The first time we found this museum, we took a short boat ride from Oslo Fjord to Bygdøy Peninsula, then walked through the neighborhood, giving us a glimpse of Norwegian life. Vigeland Sculpture Park Admire Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite, and wrought iron in Frogner Park. It is the largest sculpture park made by a single artist. FIND OUT MORE FROM MELISSA CURTIN:


STORFJORD HOTEL The Perfect Norwegian Hideaway By Manoosh Maesumi


ranquility, relaxation, and luxury are embodied at the Storfjord Hotel. Situated on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps in Glomset, the breathtaking vistas are characterized by snowcapped mountains, deep-blue waters, and green forests. Escape from the hustle of the city and rejuvenate the mind and soul in this idyllic and peaceful Norwegian setting. Behind the handcrafted log walls awaits an experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Each of the rooms captures nature’s beauty and overlook the vast forest or the fjord. Choose from a Superior room, Junior Suite, Corner Suite, and Storfjord Suite. Each spacious suite features a sitting area and a private balcony or a terrace with a view. Everything is designed with a Norwegian Alpine aesthetic with pine furniture, small square windows, sheep skin on floors and chairs, sumptuous beds and atmospheric fireplaces- and perfect for a romantic getaway! Indulge in their wellness area and slip into a warm robe and enjoy the view of nature. Everything is decorated in pine and their sauna has a giant floor-to-ceiling window allowing guests to enjoy the spectacular view of the forest while relaxing in the heat. Also, if guests want to smell the crisp fresh air they can enjoy their outdoor Jacuzzi with a spectacular view and is lined with natural stones. Their wellness center is nothing less than perfect and allows each and every guest to relax and unwind in a natural setting. If you are looking for a getaway that combines luxury and nature, the Storfjord Hotel has it all giving another reason to love Norway and all of its hidden attractions.




f you want an enchanted getaway in the country side of Norangsfjorden, Norway then this is the hotel for you! Considered one of the worlds twelve most exciting hotels, Hotel Union Øye is sure to please each and every guest. The hotel first opened in 1891 and has since attracted European royalty and artists; and each of the twenty-seven guest rooms are named after the illustrious guests that have previously stayed with them before including: Kaiser Wilhelm, King Oscar, Queen Maud, and Princess Victoria. You too can experience life as a royal when staying here. Regardless of the name of the room every accommodation is luxuriously decorated with antiques that take you back in time, in a gorgeous and sumptuous way. Each of the twentyseven rooms tells a unique story adding an air of mystery and intrigue for guests. Also, there are many themed packages that tailor to every guest’s whims and desires such as Ski Summit, Winter Getaway, Romantic Getaway, Hiking the Fjords, and Sognefljellet. Experience the best of Nordic cuisine through an excellently prepared three course meal at their famous restaurant. At the Hotel Union Øye you get an experience that is worth a lifetime. You will never get bored while visiting this beautiful antique hotel in Norway, because there are a multitude of outdoor activities that guests can partake in while they enjoy their stay here. Some of these activities include: Ski the Fjords, Hiking Slogen, Sea Rafting, Helicopter Sightseeing, Alpine Skiing, and Kayaking. Nowhere else in the world will you find such majestic scenery that is right at your fingertips while staying at Hotel Union Øye! This is the perfect way truly experience what Norway is all about. Guests can savor the good life and the tranquility in a magnificent surrounding.


BERGEN BØRS HOTEL By Manoosh Maesumi


ocated by Togralmenningen and occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862, the timeless Bergen Børs Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bergen.

Conveniently located in the heart of the city every spacious room offers an amazing view of the city. The 127 rooms that are offered to the guests vary from: Single Room, Smaller-Sized Double Room, Standard Room, Superior Room, Family Room, Deluxe Double Room, Junior Suite Room, and Suite with Harbor view. Be sure to visit one Bergen’s most popular tourist attractions directly below the hotel- the spectacular Fresco Hall with wall murals from 1923, painted by Alex Revold. Locals and tourists also enjoy Bergen Børs’ signature restaurant, BARE. This restaurant is known for their uncomplicated and innovative menu that ranges from basic to more adventurous offerings. The Nordic inspired menus use local ingredients from the neighboring fjord regions, and the dishes pair perfectly with the extensive local wine and beer served. A perfect spot to explore the charming town of Bergen, while experiencing a bit of history inside of a converted stock exchange, the Bergen Børs Hotel offers an experience of a lifetime.

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s one of the most beautiful destinations in Scandinavia- there are so many reasons to love Stockholm. This picture perfect utopia filled with beautiful inhabitants resembles a fairy tale existence with 13th century medieval castles spread amongst an expansive archipelago of islands. It’s Stockholm’s cutting edge design, vibrant culinary scene, and burgeoning cocktail culture is what puts this Scandinavian capital on the map, here are some of our favorite spots for an extended weekend jaunt. Stay Downtown Camper is Stockholm’s latest gem that gives new meaning to glamping for urban explorers. Located in the newly revamped downtown neighborhood of Brunkebergstorg, this latest Scandic Hotel combines the Swedes’

love of nature and the outdoors with modern urban living. The lobby is reminiscent of a hip tech company’s HQ with design nods to a sustainable green movement with a skylit concrete lobby adorned with usable kayaks hanging on the ceilings. Exuding that invariably chic Nordic minimalist aesthetic, the cozy rooms are awash in a neutral gray with wool throws and a window box couch to stretch out on after a day of exploring. Refuel in their signature restaurant aptly named Campfire which serves delicious and unfussy Nordic comfort fare amidst a bevy of sumptuous couches and tufted chairs. Downtown Camper by Scandic Dine As greater Stockholm consists of 24,000

islands in its vast archipelago, the idyllic island of Skeppsholmen is located in the heart of downtown offering beautiful water views of the city. A popular spot amongst Stockholmers is Langa Raden located in the Hotel Skeppsholmen. Enjoy classic Swedish fare with a contemporary twist in a well preserved lush garden setting on the water’s edge that dates back to the 17th century. Langa Raden in the Hotel Skeppsholmen Offering panoramic rooftop views over Stockholm is Tak- the newly opened bi level hotspot helmed by Sweden’s rising newcomer Chef Frida Ronge. Trained in the art of fine Japanese cuisine, Ronge has gained numerous accolades for her Nordic Japanese creations that use seasonal local ingredients. During


warmer months the alfresco rooftop terrace turns into an all-night party where Swedes can enjoy their lingering sunsets with a view from the top. Experience classic Swedish cuisine at the opulent 19th century Villa Godthem, which was the former private residence of opera singer Carl Johad Uddman. Set in the lovely Djurgarden with waterfront views, this is a perfect respite to experience the Old World charm of Stockholm. Explore the lovely Djurgarden which was formerly the Royal hunting grounds and now a national park where you will feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet is a mere bridge away. Visit the Rosendals Trädgård, which is a beautiful biodynamic farm and greenmarket which grows its own flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Relax over a fika- the Swedish version of a coffee break at their café which serves casual farm to fork fare in its café. Appealing to the cultural and gourmand

traveler is the award winning restaurant atop the Fotografiska- Stockholm’s contemporary photography museum. Run by Sweden’s notable chef Paul Svensson whose specialty is vegetarian seasonal dishes that focus on sustainability, this contemporary hotspot serves dishes that can rival the panoramic views from the dining room. Drink Though Sweden is known for their vodka, the Swedes take their cocktail culture to a whole other level. Stockholmers tend to start their night in the Old Town area of Gamla Stan and branch out to the bohemian Sodermalm for late night revelry. To navigate Stockholm’s vibrant nightlife scene we enlisted the help of Ricardo Dynan, the Global Brand Ambassador of Absolut Vodka for a night on the town. Located in the heart of Gamla Stan is Tweed which resembles a vintage British gentleman’s club with Chesterfield armchairs set amongst antique nautical décor and plaid lined walls. What Tweed is best known for is their extensive cocktail list curated by Hampus Thunholm who also created the beverage program for Fäviken, named as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world and was recently

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openhagen is just one of those inherently cool cities that doesn’t even have to try hard. From their trendsetting aesthetic in furniture and fashion design to their Michelin star rated culinary scene, the genetically blessed Danes are amongst the happiest and best looking people on the planet. As one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe, Copenhagen is a sort of fairy tale utopia with majestic castles and the nostalgic Tivoli Gardens in the center of town to hipster neighborhoods of Norrebro and Vesterbro coexisting amidst a backdrop of 16th century canals and buildings which becomes even more magical with the Christmas Markets. As Danes are a friendly yet enlightened lot, naturally they take their gastronomy and partying to the next level. Though Rene Redzepi’s Noma put

Copenhagen on the gastronomic map with his 20 course meal demonstrating the breadth of Nordic cuisine, there are plenty of up and coming Danish chefs that are making a name for themselves. And who wouldn’t love a city that operates a weekend party sightseeing bus until 3 am full of “happy people and good music” stopping at the city’s best bars and nightclubs and BYOB is encouraged. Here are 10 places not to miss in the beautiful “City of Spires.” Set in the heart of the trendy Nørrebro districta former working class neighborhood that has recently been gentrified to a hipster haven, Manfreds & Vin is located Jægersborggade a quiet street lined with coffee roasters, craft beer joints and chic eco conscious boutiques. Run by Christian F. Puglisi and Kim Rossen,

the team behind Michelin starred Relæ, Manfreds started out as a cozy wine bar and grew to become one of the neighborhoods most revered restaurants. Locals come for the Chef’s delicious and creative seven course tasting menu that changes nightly comprised of locally sourced seasonal vegetables, seafood, meat and cheeses served in an informal and homey atmosphere with a vast selection of organic wines. Manfreds Jægersborggade 40 As the younger sibling restaurant to the famous Michelin 2 star rated AOC, the architecturally striking No 2 is located directly on the waterfront of Christianhavn with breathtaking views of the futuristic Black Diamond and Circle Bridge. Just like the


modern setting of the restaurant, Soren Selin, the co owner and chef de cuisine of AOC, prepares contemporary Nordic cuisine served in a more simplified but still visually stunning preparation with the seven course tasting menu displaying his breadth of talent. No 2 Nicolai Eigtveds Gade 32 Specializing in natural organic Nordic cuisine, Restaurant Radio is an informal yet modern and airy restaurant located near the Forum Copenhagen and the old Radio house in the hip Fredericksburg neighborhood. Chef Jesper was formerly the sous chef at Noma and wanted to create a menu using unique ancient grains and legumes sourced from organic farms just outside of Copenhagen paired with local seafood and meats. Veteran restaurateur and owner Claus Meyer plans to bring the fresh flavors of Nordic cuisine stateside with the Nordic Food Hall & Brasserie opening Spring 2016 in the Grand Central Vanderbilt Hall in NYC. Radio Julius Thomsensgade 12 A visit to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without stopping in the magical Winter Wonderland of Tivoli Garden, which was the inspiration and precursor to Walt Disney’s Disneyland. Kähler restaurant combines the best of traditional Danish cuisine and design.

The setting has a 70s post modern vibe where the architecture, furnishings and place settings were created by some of Denmark’s most renowned designers such as Verner Panton, Le Klint, and Arne Jacobsen as well as Kähler. Try the seasonal 3 course Christmas dinner with venison, pork loin and a Danish “snowball” to get into the holiday spirit. Kähler Located behind in a picturesque courtyard behind Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen off of Copenhagen’s main shopping street is the Royal Smushi Café. If Eloise were to meet Alice in Wonderland this is the fairy tale setting they would create for their tea party- part fantasy yet pure elegance with angelic feather plumed lighting, large tables for sharing, and shelves full of curiosities for sale. The specialty is the selection of smushia smørrebrød which is the traditional Danish open faced sandwich inspired by sushi with Danish flavors presented in artistic delicate bite sized portions. Of course the Danish pastries and cakes are quite delectable as well. Royal Smushi Café Amagertorv 6 The Little Mermaid

Gourmet hot dogs, champagne and cocktails, need we say more? As hot dogs have gained popularity in Denmark, Foderbraettet has created elevated versions of this favorite fast

food such as a Korean shrimp hot dog, a smoked bacon dog with Danish cheese, and wild boar sausage topped with marinated pumpkin. Set in the uber trendy Vestebro neighborhood, Foderbraettet is open until 2 on weekends and turns from a popular casual dining spot to a late night party lounge with refreshing seasonal cocktails and a DJ spinning the latest Euro EDM. Foderbraettet Vesterbrogade 41 Just under 10 years ago, founder Mikkel Borg Bjergso was a physics teacher and beer geek experimenting with hops, malt and yeast in his kitchen to create uniquely flavored beers. Today he has a microbrewery that exports to over 40 countries with several outposts in Denmark as well as international locations in San Francisco, Tokyo and Bangkok. The

SPLENDOR IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort By Lisa Loverro


quick 45- minute drive from the Nice airport will land you in a place where the rich and famous go to escape it all. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, tucked into the Cote d’Azur countryside is a magical spot surrounded by lush green forests, fields of lavender and quaint villages. Opened in 2004, Terre Blanche was at one time a private estate owned by Sean Connery. Today, it consists of 115 suites and villas set in landscaped grounds with modern sculptures from the private collection of the hotel’s current owner, Dietmar Hopp.

The property has two internationally renowned golf courses; Le Chateau and Le Riou as well as the only training center of its kind in Europe, where the very best teaching methods are used. Thanks to state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities, Terre Blanche has GEO® (Golf Environment Organization) accreditation and, in 2017, was voted the Best Golf Resort in Continental Europe by the well-respected Golf World UK magazine. The two courses consist of valleys, lakes, ravines, waterfalls, and forests. Golf architect Dave Thomas preserved the existing

contours and natural features of this magnificent site. His signature bunkers with their indented edges are a feature of both courses. Beyond the golf and the beauty of the hotel’s location is its spa. With 35,000 square feet over two floors, the hotel’s spa is designed to emulate a traditional Provençal “Bastide.” The hotel has just launched a new spa partnership with the iconic and internationally renowned spa brand, Valmont, where 7 new Valmont treatments, including the signature ‘Facial Treatment Terre Blanche’

by Valmont are available to resort guests. The Valmont treatments utilize their unique ‘butterfly motion’ technique, boosting circulation and lymphatic exchanges. Additionally, Valmont’s original treatment created in 1985, the Vitality of the Glaciers facial, will also be incorporated into Terre Blanche’s ‘Harmony Retreat’, a two day escape designed to balance the body and mind. The Deluxe Suite accommodations at Terre Blanche offer comfort and space in surroundings that are both elegant and relaxed. The spacious bedroom has a King size bed, a large dressing room with an enormous separate living area with a sofa bed to accommodate an additional adult or two children under the age of 12. The spacious marble bathroom has a shower and separate bathtub. For the ultimate escape they offer their

Méditerranée Villa, discretely tucked away from the hotel’s other Suites and Villas. Its bedroom boasts a King size bed, two dressing rooms and a bathroom with shower and bathtub. There is also a sofa bed in the lounge allowing you to accommodate an additional adult or two children under 18. The villas also have their own private pool and lounge chairs. Terre Blanche’s four restaurants, including the Michelin-starred La Faventia, offer something for everyone. Most guests enjoy breakfast through dinner in Le Gaudina, an elegant and friendly restaurant with all the charms of a stylish brasserie. Their menu offers a light and sophisticated Provencal fare. Les Caroubiers looks out onto the golf club and is the place to take break in

the Clubhouse. Their Le Tousco restaurant is a relaxed spot next to the infinity pool and serves as the hotel’s summer restaurant. Le Patio opens in the spring where their sunny terrace serves breakfast and in the summer evenings it transforms itself into a family friendly steak house. As for amenities, hotel guests benefit from access to the outdoor infinity pool with stunning panoramic views over the villages, as well as unlimited access to Terre Blanche Spa. Younger children will be welcomed at the Royaume des Enfants kids club where they will find their own pool and a huge selection of activities to entertain them.




New to the city, I visited as many massive museums (VA, Natural History) as I could. Now, after being a seasoned visitor, I’m partial to finding the art in the everyday and I love taking it to the streets to find out what’s new. Here’s are a few of my fine finds....

This Shoreditch boutique hotel is the original Hoxton property in London. Situated around several restaurants/bars, the hotel is a quick 5-minute walk to the Old Bridge Station. The lobby is a busy communal space with people connecting over cocktails or coffee where the adjacent Hoxton Grill serves up a mean NY 10 oz. Strip and other American comfort food favourites. I appreciated starting my morning off right with the daily breakfast bag delivered to my door as well as the ironing room to get my outfits pressed and ready for a day of discovery.

Stay: The Hoxton Shoreditch

Eat: LIDO, At The Curtain Hotel and Members Club

y first solo trip was to London. I was 22ish and I booked it on a Saturday and left on a Sunday (I wasn’t completely alone, I was staying with friends in Bounds Green for the week) planning my trip on the 8-hour plane ride over. Warning: Dining on the seasonal Mediterranean menu while overlooking the Moroccaninspired pool will leave you with strong vacation vibes! Become a Curtain member or stay at the hotel (What hotel do you know, has rotating drink carts for guests?) and enjoy the LIDO’s atmosphere all year round with the retractable glass roof. Open for brunch and nightly eats, the terrace offers a relaxing oasis in the middle of Shoreditch. Eat/Work: Mortimer House Art deco inspired interiors from the stylish NY architect firm AvroKO, Mortimer House

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Sky Garden

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is the answer to your work/play dilemma when travelling. Why stay cooped up in a hotel room or an overcrowded café when you can visit a Maslow inspired space? Yes, that’s Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. While use of the meeting rooms are reserved for members only - the restaurant, Mortimer House Kitchen is open for the public serving a detectable Mediterranean menu. Drink/Eat: PRESS Eating healthy is probably the last thing on your mind while on vacation. And while London is overflowing with opportunities to indulge in rich delicacies and it takes companies like PRESS, to add convenience to compete. Freshly pressed juice, soups and energy bars can be found in at the St. Paul’s and Soho stores as well as a few stock lists all over London, including Harvey Nichols and the Mondrian Hotel. Eat/See: Sky Garden Overlooking the Thames, Sky Garden is a

picturesque addition to London’s skyline and dining scene. As well as being the capital’s highest public garden, there are three new food and drink concepts: The Fenchurch Restaurant, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Terrace. The SkyGarden is designed by award winning landscape architect firm Gillespies. The different themed terraces ranging from a prehistoric forest to mountain ravine are installed by Willerby Landscapes. Eat: Blondies Kitchen I passed this cookies & milk kiosk in Old Street station (also available at Selfridges London) too many times not to sample the fare for myself. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of Regular Milk, Almond Milk or Coco Pops Cereal Milk to help you wash down your large chewy cookie/s. For an extra indulgence try the Crunchie Mousse Cookie Sandwich. Do: Ginstitute This is a must-do for any gin-fanatic. Even if you are not, there is a certain pleasure of going


home with your own full sized bottle of your own signature gin. Want more? Don’t worry - your recipe is kept on file to reorder in the future. The class runs small so you have plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the history, sample ingredients and take photos. Do: DryBy Hair. Nails. Wine. Really, where could you go wrong? This posh salon offers it all in a stylish Fitzrovia location. I was impressed with the expertise of my sophisticated CND nail art. Check out the cool collaboration with UK Glamour beauty director Alessandra Steinherr. Shop: SELF-PORTRAIT Malaysian-born designer Han Chong opened his first flagship last month on Albermarle Street in Mayfair. The graduate from the prestigious Central Saint Martins, houses his full collection of feminine apparel in a bright modern space perfect for even the most discerning fashionista.


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rench Polynesia is an essential destination for a truly bucket list vacation. While Tahiti and Bora Bora are perhaps the most wellknown in the region, there are over 100 islands in total, many still untouched and unspoiled, and all are a result of Mother Nature’s often volcanic personality. Those who visit have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular mountain vistas, pristine beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and stunning coral reefs. Visitors arrive by sea or air, with flights from Los Angeles that are just a little over eight hours.

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Major airlines serving the Faa’a International Airport include Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta. Other islands and atolls can be reached through the domestic airline, Air Tahiti, as well as local ferries or helicopter. Temperatures average 80 degrees, with cooling trade winds. Summer is December-March, with temperatures ranging between 77-95 degrees. It is also the rainy season, averaging about 13 inches of rain in January. The dry season is AprilOctober, with plentiful sunshine and temperatures

ranging from 70-80 degrees. Humidity can be high, so travelers are advised to pack light-weight, breathable clothing. With so many islands to explore, visitors to the region might consider a mix of barefoot luxury that includes some of the more well-known islands, along with the inclusion of some of the more remote and relaxed settings, each with a unique charm capturing the mystique and majestry of this remarkable culture.

BORA BORA Romantics will celebrate this volcanic island’s lush tropical slopes. The valleys of Mount Otemanu blossom with pungent hibiscus, while palm-covered reef islets formed by broken coral and sand circle the illuminated lagoon.

Where to stay:

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort boasts traditionally designed rooms and villas including the iconic overwater bungalows, as well as spacious garden pool villas and beach suites. Bora Bora does have several more internationally recognized resorts, but “The Pearl” goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated. The spa is lovely and authentic, honoring the natural beauty of its surroundings, rather than imposing an aesthetic on the island’s indigenous beauty.

Must do activity: The perfect marriage of Bora Bora’s ability to offer romance and adventure is a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the Okeanos Pearl, a solar-powered catamaran. This is the ultimate in luxury meets the ecofriendly cruising experience.

Best Jet Ski Tour: Moana Adventure Tours offers the best variety of Jet Ski rentals. Explore on your own or follow a professional guide around the island’s picturesque bays and inlets. Photos provided by Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

TAHA’A Taha’a is recognized by chefs worldwide as the home of the best vanilla. The island is blanketed with lush mountains and valleys, turquoise lagoons, and numerous motu islets.

Where to stay:

The Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is an example of true barefoot luxury. The resort boasts outstanding dining options as well as 5-star Polynesian suites and villas built around the existing vegetation, allowing guests the opportunity to explore beneath a canopy of mature tree-lined grounds, accented with a host of tropical flora. Facilities include three restaurants, two bars, a Tahitian pearl jewelry shop, fitness center, and full-service spa.

Must do activity:

Spend the perfect day on a customized, day-long catamaran tour with Tahiti Yacht Charter company. *Note: Cruises can be customized for larger groups.

Immerse Yourself:

Take a combination tour with Terainui Tours for a land and lagoon excursion that includes snorkeling, swimming with rays and sharks, and an island picnic. Photos provided by Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa

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RANGIROA Rangiroa is hailed as one of the world’s greatest destinations for scuba diving, and the world’s second largest atoll. This sparselypopulated island has black pearl farms, coral churches, craft centers, and a few intriguing shops operated by locals.

Where to stay: The only luxury hotel, Kia Ora Resort & Spa, offers outstanding service boasting 60 guest “rooms” which are actually independent cottages. With a mix of local and French cuisine including Rangiroa honey and Rangiroa Wine, notably the world’s only wine grown on an atoll, allows even the most discerning palettes to find gastronomic joy in every meal. Must do activity:

With Top Dive Shop on the property, guests have access to some of the most gracious and accomplished guides on any of the islands. Dive packages can be customized to include action-packed and exhilarating adventures for the more robust traveler or focused on leisurely explorations of the extensive sea life including dolphins, marlin, grey and hammerhead sharks, and manta rays. Everyone should consider a Drift Dive package allowing for guided encounters while the gentle current carries one along for an effortless and leisurely exploration of a spectacular underwater world. Defined by endless stretches of blue skies, green peaks and the nearly unearthly beauty of its vivid turquoise lagoons, as shy as she is sensual, French Polynesia is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy warm, barefoot luxury like no other place in the world. Photos provided by Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa


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ake up to the sounds of the pacific parakeet or spot a great green macaw while lounging back on your balcony lounge in your very own luxury lodge. The Pacaya Lodge and Spa is perched in central Nicaragua and overlooks a jungle teeming with native wildlife that extends to the Apoyo Lagoon in the volcanic crater below. Guests will indulge in one of 26 rooms, all offering

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stunning views of the lagoon with Grenada and Lake Nicaragua visible on the horizon. The lodges occupy an art dĂŠcor sourced from local artisans, which allows guests to merge with the authentic Nicaraguan feel of warmth emanating from the wood and an array of vibrant colors that add vitality to the room. Each room is complete with in-room amenities such as WiFi, energy efficient climate control, indigenous bath products, local artisan made woodwork furniture and a private

balcony, or if in the king rooms and Pacaya suites, a large hammock for a unique experience. Nicaragua is known for its culture and the beautiful landscape making it an unforgettable experience. Take advantage of the sights with daily excursions available through the lodge which include an English speaking tour guide and driver. If you have a taste for adventure, paddleboard through Las Isletas de Granada, a haven made

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up of over 360 small islands just off the coast of Granada in Lake Nicaragua. Participants will get the opportunity to get up and close with howler monkeys and many tropical birds. Nicaragua’s most famous island is Ometepe, and you will have the chance to tour this volcanic marvel as you discover the Ceibo museum where the history is explained. There will also be many tour stops including the Charco Verde Reserve, known for its rich birdlife, howler monkeys and butterflies. Follow up the day with a swim at the Ojo de Agua, a natural spring rumored to have healing properties. Tour the Volcanic Masaya National Park for another great volcanic adventure. An expert guide will lead you through the park, explaining its geological history, as well as the ancient folklore that surrounds the crater. With stunning backdrops, this tour serves provides the perfect photo moments and best sunset activity. If volcano surfing is on your bucket list, why not try it on one of the youngest volcanos in the world,

Cerro Negro. Guides provide participants with volcano surfboards, which you can do standing up or sitting down. Granada is hailed as the cultural gem of Nicaragua and as one of the oldest and best-preserved cities in the new world, it’s easy to see why. The colorful and rich history haunts every corner and crevice in this charming city. Guests can browse outdoor markets, stroll through the Plaza Central and admire the city’s iconic sites on foot and horse-drawn carriage. Explore Nicaragua’s historic capital, Managua, or island hop and discover the rich Columbian history including ancient archaeological sites, petroglyphs and the islands’ best kept secrets and folklore all through local experts. After a long day of exploring, satisfy your hunger with a unique culinary experience in the open-air Restaurant Guardabarranco. The menu incorporates a blend of traditional flavors

and contemporary style dishes to bring you the best in seasonal and local produce. Wake up to a seasonal fruit basket or a typical breakfast consisting of gallo pinto sweet plantain, 2 eggs cooked to order, cheese and pico de gallo. For dinner revel in a 10-ounce rib eye steak served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes or opt in for the 8-ounce corvina filet in caper sauce, served with vegetables and mashed potatoes. The on-site spa is the perfect spot for some down time. Guests can nourish their bodies with signature treatments in a tranquil full-service spa. Some of the services include a deep tissue massage designed to target stressed muscles and unlock tension, a lomi lomi coconut oil massage, perfect for revitalizing and rejuvenating the skin, mud therapy mask for exfoliating and papaya therapy to polish the skin leaving a healthy glow. | 105


ESCAPE TO A MEXICAN PARADISE By Udo Spreitzenbarth | Photos courtesy of Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa


ven if it’s too cold to enjoy a Northeast spring, it is time to pack up and leave for paradise, or more precisely Puerto Vallarta, even if it is just for a few days. The hotel of choice is the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. It is beautifully situated on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay. With its infinity pool and water sports center, four full-service restaurants, the

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brand new lobby bar and its very own tequila education program, there seems to be no shortage of things to do. The perfect welcome to the resort is to enjoy the sunset guacamole and signature margaritas at Las Casitas restaurant. It overlooks the beach and you are perfectly situated to enjoy the legendary and breathtaking sunsets over Banderas Bay. The restaurant has a great menu of fresh seafood and regional specialties. The lobster tacos and the Red Snapper are to die for! A great way to start your first morning is to visit Ohtli Spa, which is recognized as one of the best spas in Mexico. It’s also the largest and most beautiful spa in Puerto Vallarta. Arrive a little early to take

advantage of the Roman tubs, plunge pools, the different saunas and steam rooms. The Ohtli Spa introduces ancient healing traditions from the Huichol tribe fused with modern techniques to help achieve the perfect balance between body, mind and soul. Apart from a rich choice of massages and facials, you can also experience unexpected, transformative treatments such as the water-based Jantzu Rebirth Therapy or an Aztec Chocolate Body Wrap. After this unique experience you are in the right mindset for a healthy and traditional lunch, in other words, ceviche! At the brand new ceviche bar near the lobby you can watch Top Chefs prepare a variety of unique and incredibly tasty ceviches right in front of you. The rest of the afternoon is best spent in the beautiful infinity pool overlooking Banderas Bay. En-


other its as if you’ve entered completely different worlds, to the chef’s enticing gourmet dishes, this upscale restaurant offers a gastronomic journey that can hardly be topped anywhere else in the world. It’s another morning in paradise and now it’s time to set sail and explore the hidden cove of Las Caletas. This spectacular beach hideaway once used to be the private home of film director John Huston. This beautifully designed retreat is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, or just relaxing in a hammock. There are a number of little beach bars and the waiters will come right up to your hammock and serve your drink of choice. Talk about a perfect day of relaxation! After a great lunch buffet in the lush outdoor jungle restaurant it is time to head back to the boat. The beautiful and entertaining boat ride along Banderas Bay takes you back to the resort in time for the legendary tequila tasting. Marriott Puerto Vallarta even grows its own blue agave on property in the cactus garden. It is one of only a few resorts in the world with a propriety brand of

joy an ice cold margarita at the swim up bar and think about your friends back home shoveling snow. After all of this relaxation it is time for a nice sunset walk on the Malecon, the beautiful esplanade along the waterfront in Puerto Vallarta. Amazing modern sculptures of renowned artists will keep you culturally entertained on this breathtaking sunset walk. Don’t forget to venture into the little side streets and see the beautiful traditional stores and small market places, with local people playing music and dancing. The perfect finish for this special trip into town is a fine dining experience. The best choice for this is of course Cafe Des Artistes. World renowned Chef Thierry Blouet created this visual and culinary masterpiece, serving indulging Mexican inspired French cuisine. From its modern and artistic decor, including the different areas of the restaurant designed so different from one an-

tequila, the Casa Magna. Another one of the unique specialties of this resort is the tequila education program. Authentic Mexican tequila, such as the Casa Magna, is made to be “sipped” in order to savor the flavor. This art form requires the proper training. For this reason the resort offers the expertise of Audrey Formisano, Tequilier. You can experience and learn about the varieties of Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo first hand. Additionally, the resort offers more than 60 brands, with 180 different tequilas by the class. To perfectly top off the lesson in essential Mexican culture you have to experience the “Dine Around Mexico” six course tasting menu. This delicious geography lesson lets you sample dishes from a number of different states of Mexico. This quintessential Mexican experience will leave guests with unforgettable memories for a long time to come.




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bout an hour flight from south Florida will land you in Marsh Harbour, located on the glorious and laid-back Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. There you’ll find the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, situated majestically on a spectacular peninsula with more than two miles of a secluded powdersoft white sand beach. Although this is member’s private international sporting club, guests are invited to stay there (up to 3 visits), where you’ll escape from the “big resort” hustle and bustle and enter into a secluded piece of paradise, almost like your very own private island. Aside from its gorgeous natural setting, one of the most exceptional aspects of The Abaco Club is its stunning luxury real estate. Exceptional architecture and a wide selection of luxurious island home options make it


easy to own a slice of paradise. Private residences range from cozy one-bedroom cabanas and charming cottage villas to grand oceanfront estate homes. Originally opened in 2004 by visionary developer Peter de Savary,the property was sold to a Marriott affiliate in 2008 and rebranded as a RitzCarlton Destination Club. Then in 2011 David Southworth of Southworth Development visited and saw that the club was in need of some serious renovations. In December 2014 the property was acquired by Southworth Development and renovations immediately began to make The Abaco Club the premier private club community anywhere in the tropics; infusing more than $10 million to take this world-class favility to an even higher level. In the near future, plans also call for the launching of the club’s marina and boat slips, just a few minutes down the road in Little Harbour. The creation of an on-property market, expanded food and beverage offerings and up-

grading of the club’s spa and fitness facilities will soon follow.” The Abaco Club spa offers a wide range of signature therapeutic treatments, including their signature Royal Hibiscus Facial and Bahamian Rhythmic Therapy. The Club’s Fitness Center features state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment as well as sunrise workout sessions on the beach and personal training sessions. The resort-style pool, located high on Ocean Point ridge overlooks Winding Bay and a popular place to host cocktail parties. The main attraction here is the golf course. Designed by British course architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, the picturesque Scottish-style tropical links course is set against the sea – with rugged rocks, sloping greens and lush flora throughout. The golf course at The Abaco Club has been consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Caribbean and Mexico.” As for dining, Flippers Beach Bar, an open-air restaurant, welcomes you with made-to-order break-

fast and lunch. During your stay, be sure to experience their barbecue night on Wednesday, so you can mingle with other guests and club members, complete with dancing to “Rake ‘n Scrape” live music and a Bahamian performance. In the evenings, cocktails and dinner are served at The Cliff House overlooking Winding Bay. Local favorites include fresh lobster, blackened grouper and conch chowder. Private dining is also offered with a private chef available for a romantic dinner for two or a fun dinner party for 20 of your closest friends. While visiting, be sure to embark on a leisurely sail, or hop on the ferry to visit one of the numerous nearby cays surrounding the island or visit the famous beachside Pete’s Pub which is known for serving the best seafood on the island. In particular, Great Guana Cay displays a beautiful 7-mile stretch of beach spotted with local shops and outdoor eateries.


BOARDWALK PLAZA By Hillary latos


ho doesn’t love the beach? The salt air cleanses us and the sun’s warmth embraces us. The ocean heals the heard, mind and soul – in Summer, Fall Winter and Spring, The Boardwalk Plaza is fortunate to call the ocean’s edge our home, and happy to offer you a unique and comfortable respite from the world, where you can truly get away from it all. From the moment you step under our antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby, the Boardwalk Plaza staff stands ready to offer you exceptional and unparalleled service. Whether you choose a suite with a private balcony, a deluxe accommodation that adds a whirlpool bathtub-for-two, or something in between, you’ll find an artful combination of freshly updated, Victorian-reproduction furnishings, and can’t-dowithout amenities like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV’s. From heavenly bedding to down-soft bath towels and robes to remarkable room service with a smile, we do everything possible – and then some – to make you feel truly pampered. For adults

travelling without children, our keyed-access concierge level offers accommodation enhanced with genteel extras like evening turndown service, the daily newspaper, morning coffee in the garden

[depending on the season], a later checkout time, and use of the private rooftop sundeck and spa. Our on-site restaurant, Victoria’s, offers fine dining in charming setting. Drink in the view of the Atlantic from every table, and enjoy outdoor dining on the boardwalk patio during the warmer months. Beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner, we serve a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. The Plaza Pub, an oceanfront lounge with a cozy walnut bar and inviting leather chairs, welcomes guests with a convivial atmosphere for cocktails and light fare.

Victorian Vacation

available during shoulder/non-peak season Select from a variety of accommodations, then relax in Victorian charm during your stay while we take care of the pampering details! Victorian Vacation package includes: • 3 days and 2 nights lodging • 2 breakfasts OR 1 breakfast and 1 Sunday brunch (per person)


• 1 dinner (per person) (Breakfast includes your choice of an entree and two nonalcoholic beverages. Brunch includes one $5 item, one $10 or $15 item and one nonalcoholic beverage. Dinner includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and one nonalcoholic beverage. Foodservice gratuity is also included.)

Destination Weddings Say, “I do” with an ocean view! Stage your wedding celebrations with the Atlantic ocean as your backdrop at the elegant Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. This pink Victorian landmark hotel on the boardwalk is a perfect spot for everything from upscale bridal showers, brunches and luncheons to rehearsal dinners and intimate wedding receptions. The oceanfront Kent and Sussex Banqueting Halls offer a charming, comfortable setting that’s sure to make your guests feel appreciated – think white lace table overlays over your

choice of table linens, candle-lit settings and elegant gold-rimmed charger plates. Choose from a mouthwatering array of event

menus for as few as 20 guests or as many as 120, then let our sales and culinary team handle every detail with the AAA Four Diamond Award Winning service that makes every event relaxing and unique. For added convenience, the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel also offers accommodations for wedding guests and honeymoon romance specials for the bride and groom! Rates vary based on accommodation and dates selected and advance reservations are required, so call today to book your Victorian Vacation getaway! Both the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and Victoria’s Restaurant are open year-round. So plan a weeklong vacation or a romantic escape in any season – from a summer beach holiday to a cozy winter getaway. You pick the season that suits you best and we’ll take care of the rest.


A DOSE OF CALIFORNIA STYLE Four Seasons Los Angeles By Hillary latos


our Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel has looked long and hard beyond its provision of service and comfort to offer their guests the chance to make holistic lifestyle changes through its new wellness rooms and suites. Designed from the ground up using certified experts in the field of health & wellness, these new suites aim to maximize your experience at the hotel and minimize the impact that modern travel places on the body and mind. Firstly, the Wellness rooms are located physically close to the spa, swimming pool and fitness centers which aims to focus the mind of the guest on the facilities being at their close disposal. Working with wellness expert Delos, the suites have a number of unique features which all aim to benefit the body including air

purification systems, hypoallergenic wooden flooring, circadian lighting, water filtration systems and de-chlorinator for the shower, eco friendly bath amenities by LATHER and a cleaning protocol involving the use of a UV cleaning tool to neutralize bacteria daily by housekeeping staff. Exercise





equipment including an Alo Yoga mat, weights, and medicine ball. Wellness suites have equipment available by Peloton should you wish to pursue your exercise routine in private. The mind is also fully catered to by the wellness room experience, a welcome message and guided meditation program by Deepak


Chopra is provided through the television to help guests relax and the room enables access to the Jiyo app created by Deepak which aims to engage the user through videos and articles to consider their daily regime. A further element of the wellness experience is complimentary access to the Go!Well program created by the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. The Go!Well program uses online tools to guide thinking as to sleep, stress management and the importance of nutrition. Leaving the wellness room, the guest is close to the open air swimming pool, spa and fitness centers which offer a wider selection of ways to engage with your health and general wellbeing.

One further element of this unique program is the addition of a juice bar in the Vinoteca restaurant from Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist, entrepreneur and the multi-time New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox series and Radical Beauty co-authored with Deepak Chopra Kimberly has designed a detoxifying juice menu, which includes the Power Green with kale, parsley, cucumber, celery and lemon; Glowing Green Juice with cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, lemon and apple; Detoxifier with pineapple, cucumber and mint; and Clean Red with beets, apple and ginger. Smoothies available include her signature Glowing Green Smoothie with seasonal greens, apple, pear, banana and lemon; Youth

Fountain with mango, lime, mint, stevia and coconut water; Power Protein with raw protein powder, pre-hydrated chia seeds, banana, stevia and almond milk,Yogi with spinach, banana, almond butter, dates, vanilla, and almond milk, and Goji Fruit with Goji berries strawberries, banana, coconut nectar and coconut water. “We are excited to partner with Celebrity Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who has such integrity and authenticity in the Wellness world, which truly resonates with her clients and fans,� said General Manager Michael Newcombe.

The Little Mermaid





rom the minute, you arrive at The Beverly Hilton, you can feel the history and iconic splendor this hotel has to offer. Nestled at the crossroads of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, the hotel combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills. The 569-room hotel features 101 suites including nine private luxury suites within The Penthouse Collection. The hotel’s renowned International Ballroom plays host to glamorous annual events including the Golden Globe Awards Show, Oscar Nominee Luncheon, Pre-GRAMMYs Gala, and the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. The legendary Aqua Star Pool is Beverly Hills’ largest pool and is the setting for numerous recognizable photo shoots.

Circa 55 restaurant entices guests with locallysourced cuisine in a stylish setting overlooking the pool. The fashion-forward Bellezza Salon is a full service hair and makeup salon and features miniature Swarovski crystal chandeliers with a team that makes you sparkle. The Beverly Hilton opened in 1955 by distinguished hotelier Conrad Hilton. Owned by Merv Griffin from 1987 to 2003, Beny Alagem and Oasis West Realty LLC purchased the 569room hotel in 2003 and immediately embarked on a spectacular $80 million renovation, which was completed in 2008. Since then, an additional $19 million in refresh updates have been made. Without taking away the history, the renovation

has freshened up the hotel without taking away all the history we love. Now for some Hollywood history: Esther Williams, film star and swimmer extraordinaire officially inaugurated The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool (the largest in Beverly Hills) by swimming through white gardenias with three of her swim students. The hotel’s ground-floor nightclub, the Bali Room (now the International Ballroom), was so versatile that its beautiful jeweled stage and dance floor could be converted to an ice skating rink when the occasion called for it. July 10, 1960 marked the Democratic National Convention Closing Ceremonies; Presidential

nominee John F. Kennedy held a gala fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton where his pal Frank Sinatra rounded up a host of celebrities including Milton Berle, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Judy Garland, Mort Sahl and the entire ‘Jack Pack’ to mingle with the crowd of 2,800 supporters. By the time Judy Garland began her second number, the crowd had filled two separate ballrooms to capacity.

– a symbol of space and freedom. Originally mounted over the grand staircase in the main lobby, this symbol was personified by a magnificent sculptured Starburst weighing 500 pounds and stretching to 15 feet, created by famed artist Bernard Rosenthal. Today, a portion of the original sculpture remains on display in The Oasis Courtyard.

In October of 1988, the Cary Grant family chose The Beverly Hilton – one of the actor’s favorite hangouts – to host a one-time-only tribute to Cary Grant. Hollywood insiders, Monaco royalty and dozens of legendary entertainers (including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Burt Lancaster) came out to celebrate their personal connections to both Cary Grant and Princess Grace (Grace Kelly).

There is no other hotel in Los Angeles, and few others in the world, that could host the Golden Globes with the same ease, style and glamour. The hotel’s vast size and upscale event space not only allows over 1,300 guests to gather in the International Ballroom for the live telecast, five entertainment companies also throw large viewing and after parties simultaneously in areas throughout The Beverly Hilton’s nearly 9-acre property.

Along with First Lady Maria Shriver and a small group of 60 friends, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated his 58th birthday in July of 2005 with a California-shaped cake specially designed by The Beverly Hilton’s executive pastry chef. The icon of The Beverly Hilton is a starburst

In spring 2017, the hotel premiered a stunning new garden collection designed to emphasize a seamless indoor/outdoor experience within a lushly manicured, city-center oasis. The Gardens collection is comprised of three distinctive settings: the alfresco Wilshire Garden with sprawling

lawns and striking waterfall features; the Secret Garden featuring cozy nooks, chic seating and lush living walls; and the picturesque California Terrace, offering a harmonious transition from indoors to outdoors with a retractable wall of windows, leading an elegant connection to the grand Beverly Hills Ballroom. These new gardens create a unique urban oasis that enhances the overall experience. During my stay, there was an incredibly decorated wedding ceremony going on in this new outdoor space. It was absolutely fantastic with an elevated isle that the wedding party literally danced down. The sound system was amazing and the garden was beautifully lite for an early evening affair. The living wall was stunning and added a sense of modern flair. I truly enjoyed my stay at The Beverly Hilton. Whether siting poolside having a relaxing breakfast, attending one of many special events, or walking to Rodeo Drive and its fabulous array of shopping, this truly iconic hotel will make you feel like you are a part of Hollywood. A must stay when visiting LA! 310.274.7777 |


THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL By Kevin Pollard & Melissa Kassis


stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a step back in time to the Golden Era of Hollywood. Situated in the heart of the West coast’s version of Times Square, a walk out the door puts you on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a stones-throw from the TCL Chinese Theatre. The hotel offers accommodations for virtually any traveler. The Tower, built in 1927, captures the old-school glow of Hollywood with a modern touch. Even with a recent $30 million renovation, the hotel’s lobby has kept its original tile floors,

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ceiling and glass chandelier, allowing its historic ambiance to welcome guests from their first step inside. Its selection of rooms include, Studio Double, Studio Queen, Studio King, superiors and even suites. For the ultimate movie star experience, check out the Gable and Lombard Penthouse, a three-level suite with rooftop access to a 360-degree view of Hollywood. If you are looking for a more relaxing experience away from the noise and flash, The Cabanas offer a modern west coast feel with an unmistakable Golden Age flare. Perfect for an upscale bach-

elor party or a scene from Mad Men, become immersed in the natural oak and charcoal hardwood floors, immense mirrors and quiet elegance. This location is also perfect for families looking for a tropical getaway with easy access to the pool. Rooms are available poolside, suite, balcony and superior. With eight bars, restaurants and lounges, you may not need to leave the hotel. Each venue offers its own unique style and atmosphere, ranging from classic American burgers and milkshakes to upscale cocktails. The Tropicana Café is the ulti-

mate brunch spot, with poolside food and drinks and a 1960’s aura. The Spare Room provides the ambiance of a candle-lit speakeasy during Prohibition and even features a two-lane bowling alley. The historical significance of the Roosevelt is also undeniable. The first Academy Awards took place in the hotels Blossom Ballroom. Former residents of the hotel include Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Clark Gable. For any lover

of old-time Hollywood, the Roosevelt Hotel is the ultimate tinsel-town experience. I had the pleasure of staying at the Hollywood Roosevelt and have to say it was a walk down Hollywood memory lane. As you walk in the front entrance, you can see the Hollywood Walk of Fame which makes you feel in the heart of it all. The team was accommodating and Adam, the Manager on site could not be more attentive to

the guests and their needs. I took a tour of the property and loved how they kept the integrity of this iconic building with some modern improvements. When visiting the pool area we had the privilege of seeing the Marilyn Monroe Suite that she lived in for over 2 years and found out that one of the first commercials she was in was filmed at the Roosevelt Pool. Right next to the pool there is an outdoor garden area that can be rented out for small gatherings with lush greens and a feel of old meets new Hollywood. One of the restaurants on premises, 25 Degrees, had a pub like feel with red designed wallpaper and chandeliers above. The food quality was top notch with a gorgeous presentation. I truly loved the location which was in walking distance to TCL Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater. If you want to get out at night, the Sunset Strip is an Uber ride or short walk away. From The Viper Room to Whiskey A Go Go these venues have hosted rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands from the Doors, Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin to today’s up and coming new artists- these are ‘must sees’ in the neighborhood.

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Contemporary Chic in South Beach



he warmer months are just ahead of us and we can’t think of a better way to spend our days than lounging around by the crystal blue waters, sipping on mojitos and defrosting in the Florida rays hitting South Beach this summer. Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami is the quintessential Miami hotel, situated steps from the

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sand, diverse culinary scene and shopping on the infamous Ocean Drive. The hotel lives in a sleek 10-story glass tower, allowing for plenty of natural light, as well as the option to soak up some Florida rays on the third-floor rooftop pool deck, while sipping on a mojito from DECK Sixteen. Guests will revel in luxury with access to beach service via an attendant, including chaise lounge chairs and fresh towels.

Choose from one of the 105 guestrooms including two suites that boast luxury and style with floor to ceiling windows filling the room with natural light and the colors of South Beach, including many hues of blue. Each room offers comfort with large beds, contemporary furnishings that complement the overall décor, and views of the Atlantic Ocean or the city. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends with you in this pet-friendly hotel which

welcomes dogs with a bowl, a treat and in-room dog bed. With so many things to do in Miami, you might never want to leave. Guests will enjoy a myriad of activities close to the hotel and afar if you’re the adventurous type. Lincoln Road Mall is just a 9-minute walk away from the hotel and is South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The mile long promenade boasts a happening street scene with waves of locals and visitors scouring for selfie hot spots, cafés, bars and beautiful architecture. Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue are two other great shopping destinations all within a 10-minute walk. If shopping isn’t on your mind, venture out and explore the city’s historic Little Havana neighborhood and Wynwood, the design district’s crown jewel. Guests will seek the best in street art

as they make their way through the Wynwood art walk, discovering magnificent treasures along the way. Outdoors activities include everything from sunbathing, snorkeling and even world-class golf courses, which are all within reach. Excursions to the Everglades, Florida Keys and the Bahamas are also obtainable in this great location. As for dining, you can choose to stay in or venture out. Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami features Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine helmed by the Chef Richard Pelliccia and his skillful team. DECK Sixteen is an indoor-outdoor patio space, featuring a bar service overlooking the rooftop deck pool. Guests can dig into a chorizo frittata and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast or enjoy a refreshing seafood salad for lunch and as for dinner, tapas is the hero with fresh seafood and meats. Revel in thoughtfully curated charcuterie

board selections and signature sangrias, artisanal craft cocktails and an extensive list of eclectic wines. If you choose to dine out, the staff of locals will guide you to the best dining spots South Beach has to offer. Make wellbeing part of your stay at the Exhale Spa, the ultimate destination for spa and fitness for guests. This award-winning wellbeing mecca offers guests a chance to relax and unwind with deep tissue massage, facials, acupuncture, or the opportunity to breathe out with cardio and yoga classes. If you want that sun kissed glow opt in for the 90 minute spa therapy that will have you feeling new and improved ready to take on anything.


W FORT LAUDERDALE Gets a Face Lift By Tash Bazika


ummer is approaching, slowly but surely and with W Fort Lauderdale and Residences new renovations; there is no excuse not to dip your toes in the calm blue waters at your own Florida oasis. W exceeds its reputation for cutting-edge designs and contemporary luxuries with the reveal of a new renovation at the W Fort Lauderdale and

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Residences establishment. The new face-lift offers a fresh, vibrant and ultra-glamorous design to the 517 rooms, suites and extended stay options. From the moment of arrival, guests are greeted by the pulsating living room where guests can simultaneously feel at home during the day and at a nightclub in the late hours. The space encompasses a laid back feng-shui design offering tempt-

ing finger food from the menu, a new elegant sushi bar headed by sushi chef Shoji Hiyakawa, expertly crafted cocktails, and an outdoor terrace furnished with a range of comfortable lounges and chairs- perfect for lounging around and soaking up some sun. Each suite is designed to effortlessly blend the serene blues of the sea and the warm shades of sand

Escapes Escapes

Wet Deck East

Living Room Bar

Guestroom - Cool Corner Oceanfront Room

to create a contemporary nautical design without the classic stripes and anchors weighing it down. The fresh new décor is a breath of coastal air with luxury amenities in the bedroom and bathroom and we can’t forget the spectacular views from the balcony. The Whatever/Whenever button in the room is a new initiative designed to grant the wishes of guests, (within limits) whether it be forgotten toiletries to mariachi serenaded spa services. The 24/7-concierge desk is available to all guests as is the state-of-the-art fitness center and valet parking. As for the relaxation component, guests can choose to unwind at Bliss, the facial and massage mecca for rejuvenation and relaxation. Before being whisked away to utopia, indulge in a snack or two at the brownie bar or treat yourself to a manicure at the luxe nail lounge. The services offered include an oxygen facial treatment designed to rejuvenate and refresh your skin. If you’re look-

ing to alleviate some built up stress, the deep tissue massage is perfect for getting right down to the cause. The WET Deck is another relaxation option and has recently been upgraded with lounge chairs, day beds, umbrellas and a full-service poolside bar for the ultimate package. The art-deco style floor is a view upon itself, but if you look straight ahead you will find miles upon miles of glistening blue waters and divine orange sunsets everyday. For an elegant night out, Steak 954 is the love child of Stephen Starr who was named Outstanding Restaurateur of the year in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. Starr showcases the pure flavors of dry-aged meats and freshly caught seafood to provide a unique dining experience, particularly with the 15-foot long aquarium populated by 175 mesmerizing jellyfish that greet you as you walk in. Soon to launch is Starr’s second

restaurant on the property, El Vez, a Mexican eatery that will bring a vibrant setting, where tradition and innovation collide, that celebrates regional Mexican culture. During the day, take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard, to explore 17 blocks of sidewalk cafes, including the premier Italian restaurant Louie Bossi, world class shopping comprised of an eclectic collection of boutique shops, internationally acclaimed art galleries, as well as a sizzling nightlife. To travel in style, skip the uber and opt in for a guided water shuttle who will tell you all about the famous owners of some of the most beautiful residences in the area. If you are looking for an adventure, a 30 minute drive will take you directly to the Everglades where you can climb aboard an airboat and zip through the river coming face to face with exotic birds, native fish and maybe even a gator or two.


BLANTYRE A Berkshire Icon


or more than 100 years the Berkshire Mountains in the west of Massachusetts and Connecticut have been a quiet yet exclusive rural sanctuary. Artists, titans of industry and high society have escaped to these forested valleys and fashionable towns, drawn by their signature mix of undisturbed nature, rich history and surprising sophistication. That reputation will increase with the re-opening and reimagination of Blantyre, a former private estate now reopening as a Relais & Châteaux, Forbes Five-Star hotel, restaurant and spa. The story begins in 1902 when a Gatsby-like millionaire, Robert Patterson, built a grand summer mansion on a sprawling estate outside Lenox, Massachusetts, modeling it after his mother’s ancestral estate, Blantyre, in Scotland. The house

and its manicured grounds hosted lavish Gilded Age parties, and was transformed into a hotel in the 1980s, housing some of New England’s most treasured antiques. This Spring sees the beginning of a bright, new chapter. Now owned by Linda S. Law, a long-time Silicon Valley real estate developer and investor, the property has been restored with a multi-million dollar renovation. From the outside Blantyre still looks as if it had been uprooted from a Scottish glen, with ivy-clad brick, mullioned windows, slate-roofed turrets, and manicured lawns that roll out through walled terraces and gardens. But on the inside, its timeless charm and historic architecture mix seamlessly with modern luxuries, fine craftsmanship and chic, classic décor incorporating historic fabric designs, rich velvets and pops of color. There are suites in the Main House, Carriage House Suites, and spacious Cottages. Close to the main house, an intimate spa now provides highly personalized and pampering experiences. The Blantyre Bistro serves classic dishes made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients in a lively French bistro setting. The Conservatory at Blantyre will be the hotel’s fine dining restaurant with an outdoor dining terrace overlooking flowing lawns. Both restaurants draw from one of the most expansive wine cellars in New England with more than 10,000 bottles and the private tasting room. Furthering Blantyre’s reputation as a foodie’s destination, the resort has an ongoing program of food-focused events throughout the year.

This Memorial Day, Blantyre will unveil a fullservice champagne salon. This will mark the first ever year-round Dom Pérignon salon in the US. An indoor and outdoor venue will inspire guests to enjoy inventive champagne cocktails and light bites. The champagne salon will serve exclusive specialty vintages including Vintage, Trinity, Dom Pérignon 2006, P2 Vintage 2000 and Rose 2005. Distinct culinary pairings will be overseen by Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin. The Cloister: Located in the estate’s private outdoor garden, The Cloister’s “Tin to Table” menu will feature an upscale, creative twist on such classics as caviar and tapas. Surrounded by the estate’s meticulously manicured flora, The Cloister will accommodate up to 24 guests in a laid-back setting. La Cave: Nestled inside the estate’s speakeasy-inspired space, La Cave’s intimate 30 seats embodies a sleek and sophisticated design, with a cool color palate of charcoal greys adorned with gold and brass accents. The menu will offer savory options such as raclette, fondue and charcuterie.

When not enjoying the pleasures of the hotel itself, guests can enjoy the tranquil natural setting, strolling through the property’s lush lawns and woodlands or playing tennis or croquet, hiking or lounging by outdoor swimming pool. Golfers can take play the historic, nearby 18-hole course. In July and August music lovers can take full advantage of Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Berkshire Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Museum of the Gilded Age are just some of the nearby cultural attractions. Each subsequent season brings a different set of activities including Fall foliage getaways, snowshoeing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and horse drawn carriage rides. Reservations for Spring and beyond can be made by calling 844-881-0104.


PHILADELPHIA Getaway to america’s garden capital By Kenza Salahdine


suites and 54 club rooms, 47,000 square feet of unique functional space, three ballrooms and a state of the art 15,000 square foot fitness center facility.

will transport you to another world and the incredible story of each specific plant provides an ancient source of knowledge that we should all have the opportunity to hear.

With its central location, you are within walking distance to the main cultural monuments and also the best culinary spots. Guests of the hotel can enjoy exquisite dining at Bank & Bourbon, a traditional American restaurant with a special modern twist. The Loews Philadelphia hotel reflects a modern and luxurious style encompassing 581 guestrooms including 12

The hotel is only a short walk away from the Flower Show, the nation’s premier horticultural event. With more than 100 vendors, the Flower Show showcases some incredible treasures, where you can enjoy local delights while viewing the different demonstrations, landscape designs and horticulture stands. To keep up with the beauty of Mother Nature and the wonderful weather that goes along with it, we need to mention another paradise that must be visited: the Longwood Gardens. Spread over 1,077 acres (including 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens) of lush flowers and foliage from all over the globe, the Longwood Gardens are speechless. It’s natural beauty

On the cultural side of Philadelphia, the Wyeth family left their legacy and history in the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art. Andrew Wyeth was one of America’s most recognized and beloved artist whose work is exhibited at the Museum alongside a collection of American art that includes works by N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The museum also offers guided offsite tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and Kuerner Farm. Take in the breathtaking atmosphere at the riverside Millstone Café at the Brandywine Museum of Art.

erfectly located in the heart of Center City a few steps away from the historical attractions, is the Loews Philadelphia Hotel located only an hour and a half by train from New York City. It occupies the PSFS Building, a National Historic Landmark and the world’s first modernist skyscraper. Designed by George Howe and William Lescaze, the 1932 skyscraper is considered to be one of the country’s most significant architectural structures.

History. Legacy. Luxury. Rich history, warm hospitality and undeniable luxury have made Round Hill the destination of choice for discerning travelers 60 years and counting. Our enclave of private villas and oceanfront guestrooms keep guests returning year after year, and award-winning dining and a transformative spa allow guests to experience the best in Jamaican cuisine and true relaxation. Whether celebrating family events or escaping on a romantic getaway, Round Hill delivers authenticity and creates lasting memories. | 1.800.972.2159


ROYAL YACHT CHARTERS How New Yorkers Roll When Visiting Miami By Michael Glovaski


ou don’t have to be a millionaire to charter a yacht with Royal Yacht Charters. Royal Yacht charters offers different sized Yachts at a variety of low to high prices. Royal Yacht Charters doesn’t just charter Yachts – they offer a luxurious experience you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. From bachelor parties to a yacht wedding, Royal Yacht Charters has put together all kinds of water based adventures and events throughout Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and internationally. Located in the heart of South Beach, Royal Yacht Charters prides itself on the wide range of yachts they have to offer – each appropriately and selectively chosen with the guests needs in mind.

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Whether it’s their 48’ SeaRay motor yacht best for accommodating family or private/romantic occasions or their 73’ Sunseeker for those looking for more speed and thrill, Royal Yacht Charters caters to all individuals, near and far. For the past 10 years, luxury brands such as Azimut, Lazzara, Feretti, and Westport have trusted Royal Yacht Charters to well represent their yachts, complimented by their one of a kind service and attention to detail. Andrew Harris, President of Royal Yacht Charters, says, “When a customer wants to charter a yacht in Miami, or at any of our locations, I make sure I personally handle the transaction and accommodate the customer as best as I can. If the

client has a certain budget in mind, I try to work with what they can afford and make sure Royal Yacht Charters can meet their needs to leave the client satisfied.” To offer a luxury water toy for a half day, full day or a week at an affordable price is rare in Miami. Celebrities also recognize Royal Yacht Charters quality services, such as P Diddy, Scott Disick, a variety of famous soccer players and many others. The beauty of chartering a yacht is that you can live like the rich and the famous for a day, without the responsibility and cost of owning a yacht. Royal Yacht Charters sells a luxurious experience without breaking your bank.

Chill or thrill? Lazy or crazy? Mild or wild?

In the Wildwoods, you can do as much, or as little, as you like. There’s 5 miles of FREE white-sand beaches to relax on and 38 blocks of boardwalk fun with rides, waterparks, shopping and arcades, plus great dining and nightlife. Everything you could ever want in a family vacation is right here. Your Wildwoods vacation, as wild as you want it to be. Enter to win a FREE Wildwoods family vacation at l 800.992.9732




ncomparable comfort and elegance can be found at The WestHouse Hotel New York, located in the heart of Midtown within walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, delicious restaurants and more. This magnificent luxury five-star boutique hotel recently won the 2018 Experts’ Choice Award wit h its sophisticated and well-appointed spacious accommodations that welcome guests. The convenience of its

location will allow you to avoid traffic as you are within walking distance to many of the famous spots of the city. It is perfectly located to spend the day enjoying everything New York City has to offer such as shopping, eating alfresco and visiting attractions while enjoying the beautiful warm weather. Relaxing accommodations will please your body after a long day running around New

York City, when the only thing you are dreaming of is to lay in a plush bed and appreciate its comfort. Guests can enjoy exclusive and unlimited complimentary services including daily refreshments and bites during the day in the WestHouse terrace, which is a communal lounge area of the hotel, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, in-room bottled water and also the fitness room located on the 3rd floor of the building. The WestHouse concierge is also on hand to assist guests on a daily basis regarding travel tickets, transportation or activities to do in the city that never sleeps. For more information on the The Westhouse Hotel please visit their website and be prepared to be amazed.


Escape to your own private country estate at The Lodge at Woodloch, an all-inclusive destination spa resort just 95 miles from Manhattan. Reservations: 866.953.8500


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L to R: Chris Evans, Bel Powley, Michael Cera, & Brian Tyree Henry. (Photo by Mark Seliger)


Characters with Serious Dilemmas By Barry Bassis


enneth Lonergan writes plays that are old-fashioned in the best sense. He presents believable characters facing real challenges. As his Oscar-winning “Manchester By the Sea” shows, he makes films that have similar qualities. “Lobby Hero,” now playing for the first time on Broadway, was first produced offBroadway in 2001 and it is at least as timely today. This is the first production by Second Stage Theater at its new Broadway venue. Production values are top-notch, from the set by David Rockwell to the direction by Trip Cullman of a fine cast. Michael Cera, who had been one of the three actors in Lonergan’s “This is our Youth,” the first of his plays to reach Broadway, again displays his affinity for the author. Chris

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Evans (making his Broadway debut) is an amoral police officer named Bill. This role is a far cry from the part for which he is best known: Captain America in the Marvel Comics movies. As the female police officer, Dawn, Bel Powley is thoroughly credible; I didn’t discover the actress is English until afterward. Perhaps the standout performance is by Brian Tyree Henry (pf FX’s “Atlanta”) in the complex role of William. Jeff (Cera) is a night-time security guard in a Manhattan apartment building. He is well-meaning, but a bit of loser. He had been in the Navy until he was caught smoking marijuana. William (Henry) is his supervisor, a sober family man with the desire to advance his career. He tries to pass his wisdom and sense of responsibility to the weak-willed Jeff.

The heart of the play is the following dilemma: William’s brother (never seen on-stage) is suspected of a terrible crime and asks William to provide a false alibi. William reveals his dilemma to Jeff. (That part doesn’t ring true.) The other actors on stage are a male and female police team. Bill is a sleaze, a married man carrying on with a tenant in the building as well as with his partner on the job, Dawn. This raises the issue of sexual harassment, which makes Lonergan’s writing especially timely. Since William is African-American, there are also issues about racial justice. “Lobby Hero” (at the Hayes Theater) is highly recommended as a thought provoking evening at the theater.


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THE TALENTED MR. CRUDUP A review of David Cale’s play, Harry Clarke By Rory Winston

I believe that imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world,” proffers the conman and self-proclaimed son of Sidney Poitier, Paul Poitier, in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation - a play that questions the premise of identity as much as it does the values of the effete upper class who give credence to pedigree. Watching Guare’s play, one sympathizes with Paul’s need to reinvent himself so that he can join an elite circle. One even senses that the well-rehearsed interloper does more to earn the sought-for lifestyle than the phonies who inherited their status. But while Guare may have intellectually flirted with the idea that a man with a false identity can be more genuine than the crowd he’s infiltrating, when it came to confronting David Hampton – the real person his play is based on – the playwright took a less philosophical view and, instead, applied for a restraining order. Were David Cale to meet the charismatic namesake of his play Harry Clarke, it’s more than likely he’d have done the same. Directed by Leigh Silverman of Violet renowned (the 1997 musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crowley), Harry Clarke is a one-man thriller that gives ample room for its multifaceted powerhouse star, Billy Crudup. Trapped in the nondescript Midwestern town of South Bend, Indiana, we meet Philip years prior to his transformation into Harry of the title. Philip Brugglestein is an eight-year-old who’s testing out a British accent that jumps between a posh queen’s English and cockney patois. What first seems like endearing foolery soon betrays desperation. Like the character Dave in Steve Tesich’s classic screenplay Breaking Away – a bicycle-racing youth in Indiana who pretends to be Italian in order to escape the monotony of his life – Philip longs to be elsewhere. Like Dave’s dad who doesn’t know what to make of his son’s ‘Itey (Italian) talk,’ Phil’s dad doesn’t get his son’s ‘Britty Brit.’ Sadly, similarities end here since Philip’s dad, Jack, is a caustic and oppressive bully. Assuming his father’s voice, Philip introduces us to Jack – a man who threatens Philip with electro-shock therapy if he won’t stop speaking with a British dialect.

up suffering as the son of immigrant Jews. Likewise, Philip felt he could be his true self as Harry. It’s not uncommon for artists to concoct a lie in the service of a greater truth – to express an emotional reality in the guise of an alien character that’s unencumbered by the minutiae of their own history.

Our story resumes years later with the death of Philip’s parents and the simultaneous death of Philip as we know him. Philip has been reborn as Harry Clarke, the dapper and charismatic world traveler who hails from London and has moved to Manhattan after having abandoned his job as tour manager, personal assistant and smooth operator par excellence for Sade. Well, at least this is the story he tells Mark Schmidt, the well-to-do WASP from Long Island who does his and his family’s utmost to ensure that Harry continues to live in the style he was never accustomed to living (sic). As Mark and his gullible family are dragged to the depths of Harry’s fantasy, the mood shifts from comedy to drama to absurd tragedy in the course of an act. Crudup gives us a virtuoso performance, depicting Harry and his entire cast of victims step by horrific step. Playwright David Cale teeters on the edge of fantasy and reality. His play, Harry Clarke, can be read as the type of whimsical but dark-edged fantasy in which all those with thwarted ambitions indulge. When Philip as Harry Clarke, says, “I felt liberated. Special. Like I was finally being myself,” he is voicing what Al Jolson must have felt when he first put on black-face. He was free to express his inner most feelings in a palatable form. Pretending to be an African American, Jolson could vent all his pent

Doesn’t every playwright pretend to be other people precisely when writing a play closest to their hearts? And how many writers don’t feel that they have, on some level, conned the world into believing they have deep insights while still harboring doubts themselves? And still it’s very different to fabricate characters within the realm of one’s own creation than to involve nonconsenting strangers in your lie. Meeting a real David Hampton or Alan Conway (the man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick and was depicted in the film Color me Kubrick) is very different than imagining oneself into Kubrick’s head and writing a play about him. Likewise, witnessing the talents of a Talented Mr. Ripley in person is a far cry from having been friends with Patricia Highsmith while she put herself in Ripley’s place to writer her book. David Cale, like the character Philip Brugglestein invented, did come from the UK. After coming to New York, he performed a one-man show about a boy who was busy listening to Judy Garland records while his father killed his mother. Later the same boy becomes a prostitute before raising enough money to fly to New York. On the plane ride over, he meets his future self. Which part had to do with Cale’s own life? Aside from being born in London and coming to New York, absolutely nothing. That doesn’t mean the rest didn’t have emotional reality. David Cale is Harry Clarke as much and as little as John Guare is David Hampton. In fantasy, they may be similar. But in deeds, there is a world of difference between life and art. As the play Harry Clarke came to a close, I realized we all have our own fantasies – childish dreams that must forever remain safely tucked away in our own imaginations.



THE NEW YORK CENTER FOR CHILDREN Helping to Rise Above Child Abuse By Lillian Langtry


he New York Center for Children (NYCC) is hosting its 23rd Annual Spring Celebration Benefit on Monday, April 30, 2018 between 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The NYCC will celebrate over 20 years of helping the most vulnerable children achieve their full potential. The benefit, which coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, helps raise funds for the Center’s work in healing, prevention and education. This year’s event will feature a “Lift Me Up” theme, which reflects the organization’s aim to bring about hope and help children achieve their dreams. The benefit will feature live music by Award Winning Eco-Music Ensemble Englewinds, and a silent auction featuring coveted travel offers, fine dining, tickets to cultural performances, high end fashion accessories and more. Founded in 1995, NYCC is the only independent center in New York City to provide free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to children who

have experienced physical and sexual abuse and their families, for as long as their healing requires. The dedicated staff will never turn a child in need away. NYCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services. Honorary Chair of the NYCC Board of Directors, Kate Spade, believes that at the Center, “Children are supported in their journey to a safer place.” To date, the center has helped more than 15,000 families receive care. The NYCC also provides groundbreaking training programs on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse, attended by medical students, doctors, nurses and first responders worldwide. More than 20,000 professionals have been trained through NYCC’s educational programs. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and all proceeds of the night will benefit the center. About the New York Center for Children Founded in 1995 with the support of the late Broadway

producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, The New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services to children and families at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The childfriendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Facebook: NYCenterforChildren Instagram: thenewyorkcenterforchildren Twitter: @NYCC_org

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aya Henry, model, actress, and reality star of “Hangin’ with Los Henrys,” opened the highly anticipated Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Alta Sartoria runway fashion show at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. Maya wore a stunning floral embroidered and jewel encrusted Dolce & Gabanna couture gown with a garland of flowers in her hair. The runway show took place inside the Soumaya Museum, located in the upmarket district of Polanco. Models walked a runway flanked with works of art and precious sculptures. The entire Henry family (stars of “Hangin with Los Henrys) also came

out to support Maya’s debut. Model/influencers Michelle Salas, Diego Boneta, and Junapa Zurita also walked in the show. The show was attended by Italian actress and Dolce & Gabbana muse Sophia Loren. Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a similar showing of their Alta Moda women’s couture collection earlier this month in New York City, where Maya attended and sat front row. The New York City show was opened by supermodel Karlie Kloss. Maya Henry is a model and actress from San Antonio, Texas. She stars alongside her Mexican-

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ouTube Reality star Thomas J. Henry, along with 75 close friends and family, celebrated his 56th birthday in an exclusive mansion on Palm Island in Miami Beach over the weekend. The $4.5 million event took 2 months to plan and featured performances by Austin Mahone, DJ Khaled, Cardi B and a set by DJ Ruckus. The evening also featured fire dancers and a spectacular firework show over the water, and as the icing on the cake, the guest of honor was gifted a Patek Philippe watch from Pristine Jewelers in NYC. Notable attendees included: Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Thomas Henry Jr., Street Artist Alec Monopoly, Nicky Jam, Jonathan Cheban, Austin Ma-

hone, and Red Bull Athlete Gustavo Yacamán. The birthday dinner was prepared by none other than James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz. The dinner was followed by an after party held at Club E11even, where Cardi B hosted her album release party. At the night of the event, Maya Henry wore Dolce and Gabbana, Thomas Jr. wore Gucci, Azteca wore Alexander Wang and Thomas Sr. wore Zilli. The superstar family also chartered a 100 ft. yacht, at which they enjoyed the sunshine during their 3-day Miami weekend. The Henry family, including Thomas J. Henry, his wife Azteca, and their children - model/actress Maya

Henry and son Thomas, all star in the hit YouTube reality show, “Hangin’ with Los Henrys”, now in its second season. The show’s YouTube channel has over 65,000 subscribers and more than 20,000,000 views. Thomas J. Henry’s birthday bash comes just four months after the lavish $4 million birthday party the family threw for son Thomas in San Antonio, Texas, which featured tons of celeb guests and performances, including J Balvin, Diplo, Migos and DJ Ruckus. “Hangin with Los Henrys” YouTube Channel:


EUROPEAN GROUP TRAVEL AWARDS 2018 Presented by By Angela Trostle


he Fourth Annual European Group Travel Awards took place on March 08, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin. The black Tie awards gala was hosted by Dylan Ratigan, TV journalist and documentary film producer and was attended by several hundred travel and hospitality executives, organizers, and journalists. Grammy Award nominee and record producer Paul Oakenfold entertained guests during dinner and after party along with Berlin’s top DJ, Benjamin Fröhlich.

Tim Hentschel, CEO and CoCreator of the awards. “We are honored to have recognized the leading Euorpean suppliers in the industry who year over year continue to provide the kinds of products and programs that offers group travelers the best services and experiences.”

The European Group Travel Awards recognizes organizations and individuals that represent the leaders in group travel., the leading provider of online group hotel bookings worldwide and organizer of The European Group Travel Awards, announced the winners during the gala. Eighteen categories were presented throughout the evening to recognize the nominees earning top recognition in their field ranging from hotels, resorts and airlines, to city destinations, cruise lines and theme parks, among others.

The gala was generously sponsored by Best Western, Choice Hotels, Carlson Rezidor, and Wyndham Hotel Group, along with ITB Berlin, Big Bus Tours, Cleverdis, and Travelport.

“Congratulations once again to this year’s winners and runner-ups in each respective category,” said

A live raffle for a one-carat diamond and magnum bottle of champagne was featured during throughout the evening to raise money for UNICEF, the official 2018 charity partner of EGTA.

the effort and dedication that European suppliers and organizations put into providing group travelers with exceptional travel experiences. The concept was introduced into the marketplace by Peter Stonham who, with Group Travel Organiser, have been providing group travelers with information and ideas for group travel trips since 1988. The event in London, called the UK Group Travel Awards, is attended by nearly 500 attendees and awards are provided in 23 categories.

For the full list of winners and runner-ups of the 2018 European Group Travel Awards, please visit and Landor Travel Publications also launched the American Group Travel Awards which took place in New York, New York on November 13th, 2017 at TAO Downtown. The American Group Travel Awards recognizes the finest suppliers in North America that specialize in group travel.

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Bocker continues to open more doors for Marie and different roads to travel. His bout with Lymphoma has helped Marie learn so much and has sparked her interest to learn more about comparative oncology and to be involved so that others don’t have to go through what they did. They have partnered with the Animal Cancer Foundation and it is there mission to increase awareness and to help find a cure. Bocker is still leading Marie down a new path and that he will be here until his work is done. She always tells people that Bocker has been her therapy dog first! He has definitely made a huge difference in Marie’s life and she knows he has touched and affected the lives of so many. In 2011 Marie’s husband, and very best friend, passed very suddenly and without Bocker, she did not know what direction her life would take. A close friend told her, “It’s not time that heals, it’s what you do with the time that heals. Marie knows she is the luckiest person in the world to have Bocker by her side, helping her heal, and continuing to make a difference for others. Lulu and I have seen Bocker in action, he truly is the gentle giant and we are blessed to have him in our lives. Thank Bocker for making the world a better place.


pring is in the air… Can Summer be far ahead ? I introduce to a new fur baby, Bocker number 2. Two years ago I introduced you to Bocker number 1, a beautiful Labradoodle. Booker 1 and his owner authored a great book Chasing Bookers Tail. Marie and her Bocker were there for the Sandy Hook victims and their families. Bocker was also the spokesman for the NYS Animal Advocacy, being the voice against animal cruelty and works to help homeless animals in search of there fur ever home., Marie was not sure that she wanted to get another dog. But Marie knew that she had to get another fur baby to carry on the important work that her and Booker 1 had started. Bocker number 2 will still visit hospitals and be there for people in need and animals. As Marie says” her Bockers have rescued her, and has

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greatly enriched her life more then she can ever imagine. Her beloved husband Steve who has passed on, named Bocker after the New York Knicks…And the Legend lives on in Booker number 2… Remember rescue there are thousands of wonderful animals out there, who need us.. So obvious in all these ways is how Bocker has changed Marie . Yes, lots of fun doing all the photo shoots and meeting so many amazing people along the way, but in all honesty, the most rewarding part of Bocker’s life to Marie is how he has been able to help others and continue to bring smiles just by walking into a room. He has become a spokes dog for NYS Animal Advocacy, being the voice against animal cruelty, and works to help homeless animals in search of their fur ever homes.

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